Grass Fire


by Cassandra Farrin

Ovid should have written into his heavens,

how fire gathers wind

fiber, thread, and strand

and snaps it rhythmically in taut cords over chastened fields,

an industrial grade cat-o-nine

hissing through the atmosphere.


A woman poised

(her fields are burning)

on the dirt drive between her chicken coop

and the river

observes that after thirty seconds and a gust of wind

everything is gone.


Chicks, just yesterday pulled from the incubator,

hid under the black plastic water trough.

All but one died.

The question is whether she will.

She’s a silo in that place; she’s storing up.

She’s casting a tall, concrete shadow.

From inside her comes a golden swarming of infinite value.


Her capacity scares her.

She has already lived up to this moment

but no further.