Blue Angel 2

By Robin Steere Axworthy

I flew last spring to Denver
to hold my daughter whose first lover

had just left her. In the fields,
one afternoon, we walked and searched.

It had snowed, a thin bright cover:
the sun brushed the field with sparks;

like small signposts, prairie dogs
stared and chattered.

At the side of the path I found a stone,
left behind on this alluvial plain.

It was hard, opaque, speckled
like a bird’s egg, quartz and granite.

I don’t know why I wished to hold it in my hand.
I picked it up; it was rough under my fingers.

High in a bare tree, a bald eagle watched
for prairie dogs, still against the bright sky.

The stone fills the hollow of my palm as I hold it:
a remnant: hard, ancient, obdurate.


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