About the Feature

In June

Photo by Shiva Shenoy

A wood duck cuts a slick path
through the lily-padded pond
crowded thick with growth.
This morning a deer hung
his low-slung throat
towards the water, sipping
shallow wet, pulling tangled
masses of green into his mouth.
I think, what a bright day
god has given, what a way to live
without a knee on your throat.

About the Author

Rage Hezekiah is a New England–based poet and educator whose poems have been anthologized, co-translated, and published internationally. She is the author of Unslakable (Paper Nautilus Press, 2019) and Stray Harbor (Finishing Line Press, 2019). You can find more about her writing at ragehezekiah.com.