"Off to work I go"
A Battalion of Dragons
By Andrew Lafleche
Dust the hill in greedy procurement; my
Protectors—fingers deep in moist cool soil;
Grunt work—clear the land—harvest tomato’s,
Rhubarb, beans (green and yellow), broccoli,
Asparagus, lettuce, onions, radish,
And herbs. Pick up my staff, march to the pond
Spy: timid turtles the size of war-tanks,
Lazy frogs—polliwogs—pancaked on the
Gravel. Recce: hoofprints of moose, doe, fawn
Bear. Dig in with the setting sun; realize
I don’t think of you anymore, at least
I don’t think of you as I once used to.