Ice

It’s melting now. Everything else
     is melting, too –
Red cedar, wolverine, harebells,
     cinereus shrew,

Deep beds of fern. The spirit bear
     continues on
To higher ground, to forage where
     steelheads still spawn

And leap the battered weirs. A herd
     of elk starts north
Beneath the ridge. Up high, dark birds
     drift back and forth.