Adrienne Rich

A Burning Kangaroo

leaping forward   escaping 
out of rock reamed
on sky
in violet shadow 

leaping  scorched to the skin 

toward water 
(none for miles) 

Who did
               (and can you see 
this thing
               not as a dream 

a kangaroo
not in profile either 

in flame   no halo
no aura   burning meat in movement 

you see with me 

(whoever did this thing