The Anniversary

Elaine Terranova

 
That night
   the comet could still be seen,
   wound in its wild mane.
Earlier, an egret
   had stopped by the stream
   to clean itself of something,
   red bill dipping
   again and again
   into the white feathers.
And before that,
   walking along,
   we became aware
   of a tiny, fragile skeleton
   at the side of the road,
   paws drawn up
   over its empty chest.
 
"The Anniversary" from Not To: New & Selected Poems, published by The Sheep Meadow Press. Copyright © 2006 by Elaine Terranova. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Mint by Elaine Terranova
Already, we'd be driving past
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That day the starlings didn't eat
Shells by Elaine Terranova
In the heat, in the high grass


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