wish that I were
a field,      late summer

wish that I were
a woman picking up a fallen nest, carrying it
home in the fold of her dress

wish that I were
the bird,      outside her window

the perfect ease of it,       not held,
not afraid

Margaret Hanshaw is author of the chapbook Yellow Ripe (Dancing Girl Press). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in New American Writing, West Branch, Verse Daily, Poetry East, VOLTand elsewhere. A graduate of Hamilton College and the Vermont College MFA program, she lives in Sudbury, Massachusetts, with her husband and daughter.

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