"Life Support" in the anthology, If I Had My Life To Live Over, I Would Pick More Daisies, published by Papier-Mache Press.
A Fine Dusting of Brightness, published by Aldrich Press, now available on Amazon.com. (Contact me for multiple book orders discount.)
Outside the Church, now available on Amazon.com. (Contact me for multiple book orders discount.)
Interstices, published by Finishing Line Press, available on Amazon.com.
Simple Fracture, published by New Spirit Press.
(No longer available.)
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON
AT THE PEACE RIVER WILDLIFE CENTER
He’s mad with nest-building.
He can’t help himself. Something
with an urgency like hunger
tells him: if he builds it well
she will come,
a mate, her head crowned
with three fine feathers like his,
rare plumes others have died for.
So all day
he scavenges the cage floor,
collects sticks and branches,
weaves them into a nest,
and each evening tears it up again.
She will never come,
though he’s diligent as a schoolboy
and handsome as any bird here.
(originally appeared in Iron Horse Literary Review)