Skunk Hour

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“I stand on top

of our back steps and breathe the rich air–

a mother skunk with her column of kittens swills the garbage pail

She jabs her wedge-head in a cup

of sour cream, drops her ostrich tail,

and will not scare.”

excerpt from Robert Lowell’s “Skunk Hour”