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Poem: Two Details to Leave Out

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Posted on September 22, 2016 | Blog Category:
By Gary Margolis



It appears the hen’s urging

her poult to wait at the edge

of the road. For the bus to arrive,

 

for its accordion door to open.

All she wants to do is flap

back to the brush, stay in her leafy bed.

 

Pull a cover over her feathery head.

Save herself from the first day

of school. Making a turkey of herself

 

she’s sure. Although she has more

than enough stories to tell

when it’s her turn.

 

When the teacher goes around

the room asking to tell

one story from a summer field.

 

The crickets she ate. Her fan

of feathers coming in. The tractor

that nearly baled her brother.

 

If it hadn’t been for their father

who flew up in the farmer’s face,

scaring him enough, to veer

 

into a ditch. Leaving their flock

of family intact. And two details

for her to leave out. The dress

 

her mother bought for her at the end

the summer and laid out. The dust

a bus raises, pulling away.     

— Gary Margolis, Cornwall

 

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