Desert Bighorn

Desert Bighorn

By the river
mechanically rushing
its brown waters

from the great
turbines, he stands
carefully on polished

rocks, surveys the
waves with a dark
pensiveness that bears

no relation to thought
but is the arrow instinct:

to drink.

Then he places
one delicate hoof
in the swirling

current and
lowers his heavily-
crowned head.

We are all
what this
river makes of

us—frightened,
sad, ashamed.

The Desert Bighorn
knows none of
that, only the

flick of cool
dark water
on his lapping
tongue.

Sallie Bingham is a writer, teacher, feminist activist, and philanthropist.

She is best known for her family memoir, Passion and Prejudice published by Knopf in 1989. Her most recent work is titled The Blue Box: Three Lives In Letters, published by Sarabande Books in 2014.

Her forthcoming book, tentatively titled Doris Duke: The Invention of the New Woman will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, most likely in 2016. More on the book and Doris Duke can be found in Sallie's blog.

Sallie's complete biography is available here.

 

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