White Out

by Andrew Jarvis Issue: Spring 2016
To hunt pheasants in snow, father
awakens evergreens hiding
the fleeting of them, their feathers.

He shatters the sane with insane,
the blasting of branches of calm,
to smother the madness of them.

They burst like airbags in wreckage,
without a formal formation,
a disordered flight into death.

He aims at the airborne, before
the apex of one, opening
its body to him, to behead.

Blood splatters like a pureed sponge,
a bird fallen by force, pumping
red into white, by father’s pulse.

Andrew Jarvis

Andrew Jarvis is the author of Sound Points (Red Bird Press), Ascent(Finishing Line Press), and The Strait (Homebound Publications). His poems have appeared in Cottonwood, Evansville Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Tulane Review, and many other literary magazines. He was a Finalist for the 2014 Homebound Publications Poetry Prize, and he has been a Finalist for Two INDIEFAB book awards. He also judges poetry contests and edits anthologies for Red Dashboard LLC. Andrew holds an M.A. in Writing (Poetry) from Johns Hopkins University.