Au Revoir Les Enfants

Wallace Barker

medivac helicopter chops across
the city greenbelt canyons searching
for some unlucky rock climber fallen

into a hell among oaks and cedars
i carry my soft cooler down to the
river that runs thru the canyon heart

i saw a bunny step into my path
and stand motionless watching me
there was no sound for a few beats

then he returned to the bushes and
i continued walking down the ridge
toward the icy stream frothing below

balanced my softpack of cold drinks on a rock
while i dipped my body into a calmer eddy
chopper circles overhead but i lose track

of its position in the sky and then the sound
of its blades also phases out of my consciousness
i was born from the ether and my perception is limited

clouds move across the face of the sun and
hot light dusts my shoulders above the waterline
hundreds of tiny frogs small as grasshoppers

burst from a grass bank and tumble to rushing current
Wallace Barker lives in Austin, Texas. He has been published in Back Patio Press, Misery Tourism and Expat Press. His debut poetry collection La Serenissima is available from Gob Pile Press. More of his work can be found at