Fall 2001, Volume 19.1
William Kelley (A.B., Brown University, A.M. in Irish Studies, Harvard University) has published five novels: Gemini, The God Hunters, The Tyree Legend, Witness, and The Sweet Summer. His book A Servant of Slaves will be published in 2002. He received an Academy Award for the motion picture Witness in 1986 and is preparing Witness Two with his collaborator, Earl W. Wallace, for production in 2002. Mr. Kelley has taught at Harvard University, San Diego State University, and the USC Film School. He has won numerous awards for his writing, including two best script awards (Gunsmoke) from the Western Writers of America. All of his novels are currently being reissued by I-Universe Press.
Gordon Moose delivered a cord of lodgepole
Coming in unannounced and quietly by way of the
And throwing the wood into a conical pile next to the
(I like to stack it myself.) His partner, Harris, also
Grinned at me when I came out to
One seventy a split cord—a damned
In Bishop, California, in the middle
I watched as they tossed the
Pieces over their shoulders from
Of the pick-up truck, and I envied them their covenant with
And while I watched, a small
The cool evening. Gordon turned,
A two-cord stack of split piñon
"Them from the rounds I brought you
I nodded. "Tough wood. Had to split it
"A bit springy, ain't they?"
"More than a bit," I said. "More like
"I got them logs up on Tioga,
Downside of the grade where they
Building the road to Yosemite.
Lived on piñon nuts, starved on them winter
Probably nuts from them same trees.
A warrior fiercely caught on a point of
Who sold the bones of fire, but not
What Gordon Moose was feeling in those
Has been felt by many in their
Agamemnon, Christ, and Wovoka in his white
And their small screams may still be heard on January nights