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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.

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