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Chella Courington: a poem

The Pond Heron

The dead don't write

but my cousin's letter arrives three days

after he's blown away by some kid

in his own platoon.

Maybe another Georgia boy

who's never been so far from home

so scared he shoots at anything

moving in shadows.

The letter feels light

for my cousin's voice.

He speaks of sheer petals rising

out of muddy fields

spreading before the sun.

Of a copper heron in shallow water

who dips his black-tipped beak

to spear his prey.

This poem first appeared in the magazine Amaryllis and was edited by Stephen Daniels. Chella Courington is a writer and teacher whose poetry and fiction appear in numerous anthologies and journals including Spillway, Los Angeles Review and Lavender Review. Her novella, Adele and Tom: The Portrait of a Marriage, is available on Amazon. Originally from the Appalachian South, Courington lives in Santa Barbara, California.


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