Back to its roots the goose rambles
through the brambles to the golf course
and beyond. A green pond beckons
with an iridescent sheen it can smell.
It moves past. A twisting wooded road
goes up and down between the farms
that surround the camps and lodges
and empty lots where someone planned
to spend a life and then forgot.
Mottled with bottles the pond lies
forlorn between the secret parties
that every teen knows all about
and the goose waddles through, sensing
a river past barbed wire fencing
where the rest of the flock awaits —
the ghosts of a past predating
the clipped wings and special diets,
the tube between its liver and its mouth.
M. A. Schaffner has had poems published in Shenandoah, Prairie Schooner, Agni, and elsewhere — most recently in Former People, Raintown Review, and Rock River Review. Long-ago-published books include the poetry collection The Good Opinion of Squirrels and the novel War Boys. Schaffner spends most days in Arlington, Virginia juggling a laptop, smart phone, percussion caps, pugs, and a Gillott 404.
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