Little Box Canyon Camp

                           Stew Pot Lake


The deer, having decided swimming the lake
a lesser danger than we ourselves at hand—
who’d blundered in behind it
by the only way also out—

emerged on the opposite shore and shook
a bright froth into the sun.  The land
on that eastern side was still lit
by day’s warmth, while we were without,

although the top of the cliff that had boxed
the deer and now us in caught a slant
of gold and basked in it,
as cliffs do, but still the deer’s route

gave it sun that must have seemed unclocked
for a while, at least.  It basked and bent
to browse, and scratched at a tick,
then having anywhere to go it wanted, went.


Volume 12.1 - June 2019

Robert Wrigley’s most recent book is Box (Penguin, 2017).  He lives in the woods of northern Idaho, with his wife, the writer Kim Barnes.