Mule deer exchanging deep looks
near the iced creek;
rabbits in their dumb brown line
kicking, bucking up
shivered green shards;
eagles’ beaks glinting, registering
The mountain’s stones, ochered,
faces flat to cold-dogged sun—
stones talking to the wind,
voices low and obstinate.
In the house, someone lays a fire;
another lights the cookstove.
The curtains close themselves
against the weighted, willful winter.
BERTHA ROGERS’ POEMS HAVE BEEN published in literary magazines and journals. Her most recent poetry collection, Heart Turned Back, was published by Salmon Poetry, Ireland. Her translation of the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf was published in 2000; and her translation of the Anglo-Saxon Riddle-Poems, Uncommon Creatures, Singing Things, is forthcoming. She founded and directs Bright Hill Press & Literary Center in NY’s Catskill Mountain Region.