Watcher of the Fields
D. S. Martin

Watcher of the Fields

        There’s one who watches the fields
& another who watches the watcher
of the fields
        As we drive north       or west
beyond the populated part of town
I suddenly see       & point
but you’ve no chance to glance up
before the car roof       blocks your view
        Another time       you’re the one
pointing       & I’m the one pointlessly
scanning the roadside for proof
of what’s past
        The watcher       watching from the
highest vantage point       a form of
greater proportion than so many
lesser things
        Those scurriers       & flutterers
oblivious       much as we are       to such  
bright wings

D. S. Martin

is the author of four poetry collections, including Ampersand (2018) and Conspiracy of Light: Poems Inspired by the Legacy of C.S. Lewis (2013), both from Cascade Books. He is Poet-in-Residence at McMaster Divinity College, the series editor for the Poiema Poetry Series, and the recent editor of three anthologies: The Turning Aside: The Kingdom Poets Book of Contemporary Christian Poetry (2016), Adam, Eve, and the Riders of the Apocalypse (2017), and In a Strange Land (2019). He and his wife live in Brampton, Ontario; they have two adult sons.