by Lorelei Bacht
Big and small, all of us at the kitchen table, we eat roasted squirrel, oak leaves, whatever else there is.
I do not know why we shout so much.
One morning, I found a stone deep in the sound of the river, and have kept it in my pocket – just in case.
If I knew what it was, do you think
that I would tell you? We have lived deep in the woods, where we quickly began to befriend woodpeckers, understand
why the river goes where it goes, and not the opposite. But a man has to live, to feed his family. And so, we hunt.
Your little children, why would I favour them over mine? What nobility the woodcutter, that he should live and I
die? No, no. We must remake our bones with yours, if you venture into the woods. It was never the wolves.
Lorelei Bacht (she/they) is a person, a poet, queer, multi-, living in Asia. Her work has appeared / is forthcoming in Beir Bua, Strukturriss, Abridged Magazine, Riverbed Review, Postscript, PROEM, SWWIM, After the Pause, Hecate, and others. She is also on Instagram: @lorelei.bacht.writer and on Twitter @bachtlorelei