two poems in process

I. old love

You came through the door from a walk in the woods,

right hand cupped in front of you, 

your eyes trained on its freight.

Gently, you spilled out five ruby red berries onto the counter where I was working.

“For you,” you said, and walked away.

II. childhood summer

Flashlight in one hand, coffee can in the other

We knelt in the wet grass at the bottom of the long, sloping yard,

             spread out like a line of soldiers ready to advance.

Scanning between the blades of grass we looked for the long, fat

            lengths of night crawlers, come above ground in the safety of the dark.

We made our way, up the hill, shushing each other, slapping mosquitos,

and dreaming of the fish that we’d eat for breakfast- if it all worked out.

There’s a trick to catching nightcrawlers: 

  a quick pounce that pins the worm to the ground

                        and then a pause, waiting for its tensed body to relax.

That is the moment to pull, ever so gently, 

extracting the fat worm from its hole in one piece.

Too slow to pounce, and the worm slips underground.

Too fierce a grab, and the worm becomes two wriggling pieces, 

too small for any fishhook.

By the time we get to the top of the hill

  our knees are grass stained,

  our legs covered with mosquito welts

  but the coffee can is full of



wriggling worms

just ready for the morning’s fishhook 

on the dock

  at dawn.

Published by audreycadyscanlan

mother. grandmother. wife. sister. bishop. priest. deacon. hiker. cook. writer. early to bed. up before dawn. I like to sleep in tents. anxious, persistent, frank.

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