On the Inclines of a Dune – Thomas Erickson

A praying mantis
rests on a stalk
of long grass
the king
of his hidden world
arrayed in his
many-shaded greens
while the pine
grosbeaks rush
from copse to copse
finding seeds
in late September
before the winds
turn north.
TEricksonThomas J. Erickson is an attorney in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His chapbook, The Lawyer Who Died in the Courthouse Bathroom was published in 2013 by Parallel Press (University of Wisconsin Libraries) and his book, The Biology of Consciousness was published in 2016 by Pebblebrook Press.