“Gully,” a poem by Janet Grace Riehl tells of erosion of land, time, and memory
by Janet Grace Riehl
(from Sightlines: A Poet's Diary)
I raise my head from the ground
where my eyes were glued
to avoid tripping over my feet.
A cleft joins the two curves of the hill,
a dimple that marks its face like Cary Grant's.
Matted grass cushions my steps
pattering over yesterday's mud.
I ran down the hill on this path
to my aunt's house,
to catch the bus,
or to wrangle a horse to ride
It wasn't cut so deep then.
This cleft seems more like a gully in the making.
In a hundred years, perhaps a ravine.
My upward gaze catches a doe crossing the gully.
She gamely hitches an injured back leg
behind the other three.
A lame deer, running.
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