Don’t Fence Me In

      by Sheila Sondik and Michael Dylan Welch

First published in Skylark 5:1, Summer 2017, page 111. Originally written in October of 2011, by email.

dappled fawn
along the new fence
sunlight flickers                                                                          Sheila

        a tuft of cat fur
        on the wrought-iron curlicue                                              Michael

meadowlarks perch
between the barbs
cattle lowing                                                                              Sheila

wet with paint
from the white pickets
our new retriever                                                                       Michael

        connecting the split rails
        a spider’s zigzag web                                                        Sheila

migrating geese
the rancher switches off
his electric fence                                                                      Michael