Along the River
by Holly Day
the different birds to one another
boys showing off their knowledge of astronomy
goldfinches and cedar waxwings in the trees along the river
and grosbeaks chasing gnats down below.
cormorants lurk, wings spread like vultures
stalk lumbering carp in slow deliberation
geese eye our progress along the bank
Hoping we have
crackers or popcorn in our pockets.
Holly Day’s poetry has recently appeared in Asimov’s Science
Fiction, Grain, and The Tampa Review. Her newest poetry
collections are In This Place, She Is Her Own (Vegetarian
Alcoholic Press), A Wall to Protect Your Eyes (Pski’s Porch
Publishing), Folios of Dried Flowers and Pressed Birds (Cyberwit.net), Where
We Went Wrong (Clare Songbirds Publishing), Into the
Cracks (Golden Antelope Press), and Cross Referencing a Book
of Summer (Silver Bow Publishing), while her newest nonfiction books
are Music Theory for Dummies and Tattoo FAQ.