top of page
  • Writer's pictureGastropoda

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.

73 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All


bottom of page