Strawberry Creek

What would you have me answer
that I do not know your name?
What else did the willow tell you
she, young and pliant, assured me a hello
welcoming me to your deathplace
like one who belongs. A ghost
at my window, the coyote’s song at the sill
these are things I can attest to
even as I farm words from the plantings
of long ago.

Nancy Mackenzie's two books of poetry, Soul's Flight and The Illuminated Life (Ekstasis Editions), voice mythic streams through everyday life. Strawberry Creek is a tributary of the North Saskatchewan River.