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From: New England Review
Volume 34, Number 3-4, 2014
pp. 11-12 | 10.1353/ner.2014.0040

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I like the heron best
          because it has no song,
flying over the water, its mating

cry mournful, aggressive, and internal.
          Seaweed and creamy foam

float on the tide’s restless lapping,
licking my feet like a lost dog.
          I am no master.

The Gulf collects its own scraps:
          rows of hotels

hollowed out and plastered
ochre by sunsets, knocked down by Ivan
or Dennis—you lose track

after so many seasons.
          Mist hangs over shoddy condos.
Beachcombers scan the quartz burrows
of ghost shrimp. A drunken couple
stumbles somewhere. Before they were expelled
Choctaw called this place Okalusa,
          “dark water.”

They must have known the land and the body
          are complicit in their own decay.
Our works turn spindrift in the sea.

A heron lands on a brick and will not move
          as I walk past its beak,
a crusted ancient weapon.

What am I to it
                              but another animal
competing for dunes and fish?

The great blue flies off. Calling, calling
to its mate. Even with walnut brains they understand.

Derrick Austin  

Derrick Austin is an M.F.A. candidate in poetry at the University of Michigan. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Assaracus, Unsplendid, Tampa Review Online, Knockout, Crab Orchard Review, and other journals.

Copyright © 2014 Middlebury College Publications
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