Letter to the Answer Men

Dear
Don Trump, Scott Pruitt, and Ryan Zinke,

Please help us understand why
it’s raining in the Colorado mountains
in December.

Signed,

The Deer
Black Bears
Beavers
Ravens
Rabbits
Bald Eagles
Elk
Owls
Chipmunks
Bighorn Sheep
Wild Horses
Coyotes
Squirrels
Moose
River Otters
Fox
Sage Grouse
Red-Tailed Hawks
Marmots
and Children

sunrise

at sunrise
there are no questions –

fresh tracks, birdsong.
unlatch the window

to let the outside
in – much too January

for this thaw,
as if the whole world

has succumbed
to some great fever,

or maybe it is me,
leaning in the doorway

of the morning I desire
when all the while,

the ice
is melting.