by Leslie Schultz

Orion, with his starry belt and club,
looms over my house this late autumn eve,
strides with his dog, as if whistling toward his pub,
cozy with constellatory make-believe,

ideas we embroider on the sky—
linking stars that chance to lie next door
into silhouettes as wide and deep and high
and long as history itself—or before—

back then when hunters tracked the star-tailed hind,
as she fled across the reddened fallen leaves,
hoping they’d startle her hart, so hard to find
when the sun has set and the dark moon grieves.

Those hunters’ shadows, cast upon the sky,
live on long past the orphaned fawn’s lost cry.


Leslie Schultz (Northfield, Minnesota) is the author of three collections of poetry, Still Life with Poppies: Elegies (Kelsay Books, 2016), Cloud Song (Kelsay Books, 2018), and Concertina (Kelsay Books, 2019). Her poetry has appeared most recently in Poet Lore, North Dakota Quarterly, Able Muse, Blue Unicorn Journal, Light, Mezzo Cammin, Swamp Lily Review, Third Wednesday, The Madison Review, The Midwest Quarterly, The Orchards Poetry Journal, and The Wayfarer; in the sidewalks of Northfield; and in a chapbook, Living Room (Midwestern Writers’ Publishing House). She received a Pushcart Prize nomination in 2017 and has had three winning poems in the Maria W. Faust sonnet contest (2013, 2016, 2019). Schultz posts poems, photographs, and essays on her website:

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One response to “Hunters

  1. Stunning, vivid, brilliant poem!

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