Cancer Diary, Geese by Jack B. Bedell
Why do the geese cross the road
to the clinic? To get to the other side
where the grass is taller and full
of feed. They have no idea how late
you are for your radiation treatment.
For the flock, it’s an all-across
or none thing. The last feasts
the same as the first, so when
the big goose blocks your lane
looking left and right while
stragglers make their way, just
try to remember, both his wait
and yours are nothing more
than perfectly natural.
Jack B. Bedell is Professor of English and Coordinator of Creative Writing at Southeastern Louisiana University where he also edits Louisiana Literature and directs the Louisiana Literature Press. Jack’s work has appeared in HAD, Pidgeonholes, The Shore, Okay Donkey, EcoTheo, Heavy Feather, Cheap Pop, and other journals. His latest collection is Against the Woods’ Dark Trunks (Mercer University Press, 2022). He served as Louisiana Poet Laureate 2017-2019.