Carole Glasser Langille
They weren’t early. Nor were the worms.
They came after the rain. Until the rains stopped coming.
So exhausted by ice storm, birds descended
on the tailing ponds.
You can kill two birds with one stone, with one duck
in a row, with your cooked
goose, with whichever comes first— the chicken or the last egg,
rolling like poisoned water off a duck’s back.
Carole Glasser Langille is the author of four books of poetry and a collection of short stories. Her most recent book, Church of the Exquisite Panic: The Ophelia Poems, has been nominated for The Atlantic Poetry Prize. Originally from New York, she has lived in Nova Scotia for twenty six years.