Songs in the Grass

By Hayden Church

“Lake Suwa in Shinano Province” by Katsushika Hokusai, c. 1830-1832

Daring countryside,
Poking snake heads
Entombed in weeds—
Orchids surviving still,
Placid and historic.
And even the chicks
Are out now, dancing
To a song in the grass
That says, I hear God.

Pondside insects hidden
By volumes of raining
Petals of leaves to be
Raked by the following
Breeze into the rippling,
Humming body—
A fish, whiskers strung
Like an instrument, flops
To a song in the wind
That says, I hear God.

In that opportune
Moment a song carries
The world in its feet,
Bearing history in
The smallest of things.
How exciting that is—
A vigorous dog
Can bury the world
To a song in the dirt
That says, I hear God.