I know it knows we are here.
As we talk about the wind it quiets off.
It collects itself in the far corner of the field,
takes a running start, launches at us again.
It seems to want something. I wonder
if it takes as much pleasure in sending a tent
flying as we take in seeing a tent on the move.
It translates a gunshot, it stokes the fire.
It pries metal from the shed,
it pulls the hat from your head.
It opens one door, slams another.
It absconds with the coffee filters.
It leaves dirt on the doorstep,
it tries to speak in the trees.
It takes popcorn from the plate
but doesn’t eat it.
It takes twenty dollars from the ledge
but doesn’t spend them.
It loosens your hair in the air
but it does not love you.
The wind is how hay stretches
It is how rock changes color
It is where the smoke goes
But at dusk
the wind follows the light
over the wide horizon.
We unpack our things
and lay them about
As a fire burns
we listen to
sing into the still air
of the night
as it winnows
its lonesome away.