Soul’s Edge


I walked again the deer path

caressing the edge of the mountain

where your grandfather’s ashes

had been scattered, had drifted

in wing drafts from ravens, hawks,

and vultures, and where a burst

of flying ants had shadowed his soul,

carrying it through thin, twilight air

like food for their queen or a gift

for our God. We all knew back then

that the sweet, sage-scented earth

would still place his final landing.


Yvette A. Schnoeker-Shorb’s poetry has appeared in Spectrum, Dark Matter: A Journal of Speculative Writing, Spillway Magazine, A Journal of the Built and Natural Environments, Pedestal Magazine, Science Poetry (a Canadian anthology edited by Neil McAlister), The Voices Project, Wilderness House Literary Review, Entelechy: Mind & Culture, Jelly Bucket, The Blueline Anthology (Syracuse University Press), and others, with work forthcoming in the anthology 200 New Mexico Poems (scheduled for publication by University of New Mexico Press), The Meadowland Review, Kudzu Review, and others. Her poem, “Molts,” was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize by The Poydras Review. She holds an interdisciplinary MA from Prescott College and is co-founder of Native West Press–a 501(c)(3) nonprofit natural history press.