———— Cernunnos — Beasts

dudgrick bevins

Howl equal to snort equal to hiss equal
To silent shuffle of mammalian paws in
Night’s silver shadow • claws & soil &
Leaves & fur caught on fences • Pan, w/
Me, my children, sit: moon lit silhouettes
On hill as Cernunnos descends from
Treetop conferences of owl • all bodies
Heavy with rutwise heat • matting mane
With seed • Onan beasts ready to bay •
Bow heads to him • stamp of snakely
Staff breaks all to bacchanal • orgy in
Sun’s absence • all crawls all • quiver
Leg of stag • raccoon’s fist • curl of
Possum tail • I recline: my satyrs, my
Fauns • all body/one body • flesh & coat
& nail/tooth/talon • mix of all comes
Sputtering to earth • father dirt • father
Sky • father moon • horn grows: zenith
Of gorge, then subsides rising sun. ♂

Dudgrick Bevins is a queer interdisciplinary artist from Deliverance country in the north Georgia mountains. He lives and creates in New York City. He teaches literature and creative writing to high school students in Harlem, where he is also an MFA student. His writing and photography have been published in two books by bd-studios nyc, Georgia Dusk (with luke kurtis) and Route 4 Box 358. His chapbook, My Feelings are Imaginary People Who Fight for My Attention, is published by Poet’s Haven Author Series. His poetry has appeared in various online and print journals.