This selection, chosen by Managing Editor Krista Cox, is from Ghost Moose by Margo Taft Stever, released by Kattywompus Press in 2019.
The pool they build
in the backyard resembles
A terrier owned
by a neighborhood widower
falls in and drowns.
A frog lives in the water element.
She fishes him out in spring
to take him to a local pond.
She plays tennis with women
half her age who talk
A hawk drops a beheaded, half-
eaten mouse on the front walkway,
most of its entrails missing.
The wrens make a nest
in magnolias in front of her house.
The cats guard the window
inspecting the birds’ work.
Cats tremble and chirrup; wings
knock the window.
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