This selection, chosen by Managing Editor Krista Cox, is from Ghost Moose by Margo Taft Stever, released by Kattywompus Press in 2019.
Locked Ward, II
Two Canada geese and three goslings
crib grass in a corner patch
triangulated by Redcoat Lane,
Tower Hill Road, and the reservoir.
The goslings nip green shoots
in their narrow constriction,
feathers fluttering in summer haze.
The geese hover over them, protecting
from menacing cars, blurring by
at breakneck speed, drivers cursing
out windows—pests, vermin.
They turn their radios up—“Love,
O careless Love….” But at dawn, no
cars, no noise, all people
sleeping, the parents bring
their goslings across the vacant
road to teach them how to swim.
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