[Issue 1 / May 2012]

Calling Out the Poems by Elizabeth Bodien

I catch the outline of two black poems,

hiding in reeds of the white pond page.

They glance across the bright expanse,

but keep a distance, under cover.

 

They could swim out into light,

toward me or toward the low red sun.

Instead they preen and dunk their heads

in the deep white page, for sustenance.

 

I might whistle in their language.

They might answer, their music in mist.

Or they might stay hidden, until not hunted,

till they can spread their wings, take off.

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Elizabeth Bodien lives near Hawk Mountain in Pennsylvania, USA. She taught anthropology until 2007. Her poetry has appeared in The Litchfield Review, The Fourth River, qarrtsiluni, US 1 Worksheets, and Cimarron Review, among other publications. Her chapbooks include Plumb Lines (Plan B Press 2008), Rough Terrain: Notes of an Undutiful Daughter (FootHills Publishing 2010), and Endpapers (Finishing Line Press 2011).