Come down, come down, to the you-lit pines.
Refuse not the silver-leafed manzanita
embracing with its muscled song-lines.
Come to me, if you must, incognita,
but come to me.
I’ll lay you down in wild-
fire and lightning.
I’ll bathe you in thunder.
I’ll whistle you glistening and slide
your regolith skein.
I’ll up and wander
I promise to howl.
I promise to beast both bark and bite.
Come, let’s shadow our shaggy growl.
Come, let’s rattle the shackled night.
Let’s pretend we’re the missing parted.
May we sliver granite cloven-hearted.
[Matthew Woodman teaches composition and literature at California State University, Bakersfield.]