Transmutation

He’d drop fire and “furry,” 
the headline mistakenly
said, and all I could see
were Siamese cats and
dachshunds and cottontails
raining down on those
blue-shrouded mountains, people
laughing or shouting or screaming, 
all of them reaching out their
arms to save whatever they could.


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Vivian Wagner lives in New Concord, Ohio, where she teaches English at Muskingum University. She's the author of a memoir, Fiddle: One Woman, Four Strings, and 8,000 Miles of Music (Citadel-Kensington), and a poetry collection, The Village (Kelsay Books). Visit her website at www.vivianwagner.net.