Magazine December 21, 2015, Issue

Poetry

ENTITLED WILDLIFE

I’ve fought my way to easier days –

So others should who find life hard.

So why are there, beneath my gaze,

So many single mothers in my yard?

They even carp when I approach

Their feeders with a brimming scoop.

Is this some temple that I broach,

Flicking away their caking poop?

Then there are those who lollop past

My weeding labors to the patch

Of heirloom strawberries, and cast

Their nibbled discards in the thatch

I’ve tucked below the tender shoots

That dream of peaches; there they pause

To drill the soil and taste the roots

And pluck the bark with eager claws.

Five or six babies each, and who

Hears of the father,

To Read the Full Story
Sarah Ruden’s most recent books are the extensively revised second edition of her Aeneid translation and her new translation of the Gospels.

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Articles

Politics & Policy

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The Spratly Showdown

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Features

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G.I. JAG

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Books, Arts & Manners

Sections

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Letter

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Politics & Policy

The Week

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Poetry

ENTITLED WILDLIFE I’ve fought my way to easier days – So others should who find life hard. So why are there, beneath my gaze, So many single mothers in my yard? They even carp when ...
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