FIVE SMALL SKETCHES    

                          
i
                
Moment         

               
When the sun has gone behind the hills
a doe comes to grass. Her fawn follows.
Their two coats shine, lanterns in the dusk.

                           
ii

Naptime
                
                
The hollows of the rise show
beneath the green blanket. 
My hand wants to stroke
her tender hip, wake her gently.


iii

The Bare Trees Consider Leaves


Why should they want them?
This is who they really are.
No false gestures. Not afraid.


iv
                 
Traffic

                 
The stream must hurry to the bottom
of the hill.  Behind her, the snow
melts fast, honking his horn.


v

Two Hungers

                  
A robin pulls the protesting worm.
Why did it crawl towards the light
on the surface of the lawn?



Lola Haskins
TAR
LOLA HASKINS  (www.lolahaskins.com) lives in Florida.  Her most recent books of poems is The Rim Benders (Anhinga, 2001).  Hunger (University of Iowa Press, 1993), reissued by Story Line in 1996, won the Iowa Poetry Prize in 1992.  In addition, Desire Lines, New and Selected Poems, is forthcoming from BOA Editions in 2004.  Her work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Christian Science Monitor, The London Review of Books, Beloit Poetry Journal, Georgia Review, Southern ReviewPrairie Schooner, and elsewhere..