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Winter 1994, Volume 11.1


Mikel Vause

Mikel Vause (Ph.D., Bowling Green University) is an Associate Professor of English at Weber State University. He is the author of On Mountains and Mountaineers (Mountain N'Air Books, 1993), a series of essays dealing with the mountain experience, editor of Rock and Roses (Mountain N'Air Books, 1990) and co-editor of Wilderness Tapestry (U of Nevada Press, 1992).

Read other poetry by Mikel Vause published in Weber StudiesVol. 3,   Vol. 17.1,  and  Vol. 23.1.

I've Always Feared Rattlesnakes

That trowel shaped head,
Bulging eyes and lethal fang.
I have dreamt of a bite,
So hard my leg would break.
The snake would coil,
And watch me die.
If you dream you die,
It means you will.

Harold died.

He was my neighbor.
Our habit was to talk across the fence
On Saturday mornings after
He had come back from a long run.
He explained his running.
He said he would punish himself now
So that he could live-
You know--make a contribution.
He quoted some East Indian mystic:
"If you want to live, You must run."

He left a wife and two kids.