In the half dark
I watch his lithe figure
like muscled smoke, leap
from the curb, a shadow-tail’s
deft feather balancing his flight
under the two ton
momentum of my Odyssey van,
and when he stops, turns back,
there’s almost no time to decide:
come down hard on the brake,
or trust what he understands
about that split second
window between the wheels.

~ George Amabile

George Amabile has published in the USA, Canada, Europe, England, Wales, South America, Australia and New Zealand in over a hundred anthologies, journals and periodicals including The New Yorker, Harper’s, Poetry (Chicago), American Poetry Review, Botteghe Oscure, The Globe and Mail, The Penguin Book of Canadian Verse, Saturday Night, Poetry Australia, Sur (Buenos Aires), Poetry Canada Review, and Canadian Literature.

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