POETRY

OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2021

2021-10_COVER

The Smilodon

by Alzo David-West

snow falls 

     on meadows

          and tall hills 

 

a mammoth,

     ancient and slow, 

          treads the vale

 

upon 

     the winter isle,

          a smilodon

 

flakes strike

     the saber jaw—

          a leap in flight

 

in sanguine snows

     spread forms

          and bones

 

then the lurking

     eyes of ancient foes—

          men, wolves, bears

 

the tribes glare,

     and the hills mark 

          their howls and roars

 

the noises of war 

     settle, the enemies 

          desist and cease

 

gashed, 

     the smilodon breathes,

          frozen wind drifts

 

frost-clouds lower,

     dim, heavy, grey,

          and night falls

 

a sharp stone,

     a torn thigh,

          the smilodon sleeps

 

and it peers 

     into the shadows

          of still dreams

 

the winter turns,

     age glides to age

          and green

END

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Alzo David-West is a writer, poet, and academic. His creative writing appears in Antimatter, Balloons Literary Journal, Barzakh, Cha, Cultural Logic, Eastlit, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, Grief Diaries, K'in, Missing Slate, Offcourse, Star*Line, StepAway Magazine, Tower Journal, Transnational Literature, and 365 Tomorrows. He has also edited and cotranslated scifaiku and tanka in Silver Blade and Star*Line.

Poetry by Alzo David-West:

"The Smilodon" October 2021