You might, if you were taught to play
          the right notes, be
All voices past – sounds that portray
          rare birds, or trees

That fall in forests, though no one
          can hear them now.
And yet, before your song is done,
          a golden bough

Emboldens shepherds and their nymphs
          to gather still,
And dance, and offer us a glimpse
          of that green hill.

Jared Carter’s forthcoming book of poems is A Dance in the Street, available in the fall of 2012 from Wind Publications in Kentucky. Wind published his previous collection, Cross this Bridge at a Walk, in 2006. His work has appeared in Poetry, The New Yorker, TriQuarterly, Iowa Review, Hudson Review The Dark Horse, Prairie Schooner, and Kenyon Review. Addi­tional poems and sto­ries may be found on his web site at