"Feeding Ducks" by Edward Killingworth Johnson‘Boston Public Garden’ and Other Poetry by Mina Le The Society April 10, 2017 Beauty, Culture, Poetry Boston Public Garden On Boston Public Garden’s willowed shorebank, two little girls are feeding ducks: they prance from beak to beak, arms arcing past their foreheads to farther thrust their crusts. They feel, perchance, how full the cupboards of their lives are stocked: so full they’re called to fling the doors wide open. The charity of children’s soon unlocked; they seem to say: ducks, take this as a token of what we humans are at best, who built this garden, footbridge, benches, willows, lake that you might cool your plumes and eat your fill, and we might give as much as oft we take. Awaiting Hurricane Matthew A-hundred-forty mile-per-hour winds come torquing toward us in the dark tonight, and all that we can do is wait. Nerves thin, we flip through news with antsy appetite, while talking heads predict historic havoc. The power will be out for days; there will be floods. Already roads are void of traffic because we’re bunkering down, although it’s still a half-day ’til it hits. That dark red swirl on radar maps continues to advance our way. We can’t yet know how it’ll unfurl. We watch the sky. The palm fronds start to dance. Mina Le is a native of Minneapolis, and received her B.A. at Harvard University and her M.D. at Harvard Medical School. She works as a head and neck surgeon in south Florida. Her poetry has appeared in Eureka Literary Magazine, The Road Not Taken, Snapdragon, Mezzo Cammin, and Whistling Shade, among other publications. Read more at writingbyminale.com. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.