Issue 7 Goodreau


Joan Goodreau

The Hunt

In the Sierra Nevada wilderness, an automated camera captured a rare Red Fox last sighted in 1926. It has survived, but remains out of sight.” — U. S. Forrest Service 2010

Something hidden behind the ranges—go and find it. Go!” — Rudyard Kipling

Hidden, out of sight
like the fox in The Little Prince
you cannot be stalked.
I must wait and stand a
little ways off in the
silence of the now
to watch you to sidle closer
and hear your name I AM.

The flowered wooly star
last seen when I was born
is reported found again
but I don’t pluck or crush it
into my scrapbook of adventures.

I will not go and find but stay—
let the journey come to me.