Lorna Crozier (born May 24, 1948) is a Canadian poet and holds the Head Chair in the Writing Department at the University of Victoria.Crozier has authored 15 books of work, which typically focus on human relationships, the natural world, language, and memory and perception.
A PROPHET IN HIS OWN COUNTRY
The gopher on his hind legs
is taut with holiness and fright.
Miniature and beardless,
he could be stoned or flooded out,
burnt alive in stubble fields,
martyr to children for a penny a tail.
How can you not believe an animal
who goes down head first
into darkness, into the ceaseless
pull of gravity beneath him?
What faith that takes!
I come to him with questions
because I love his ears, how perfectly
they fit, how flat they lie against his head.
They hear the inner and the outer
worlds: what rain says
underground. The stone’s praise
for the sparrow’s ankle bone.
Little earth-otter, little dusty Lazarus,
he vanishes, he rises. He won’t tell us
what he’s seen.