Can green catch fire? The head of the male
Mallard sun-lit up like emerald fusion as he serenely
paddles in the pond, next to the female dulled
for camouflage. How magical he seems,
as if his duck-thoughts must churn,
calculating the sun’s expending hydrogen
and world’s end. For now, though, he tips
into the water, searching in the pond’s muck
for whatever weed has started thickening up
in these leggy spring days.
Carol Berg’s poems are forthcoming or in DMQ Review, Sou’wester, The Journal, Spillway, Redactions, Radar Poetry, Verse Wisconsin, and in the anthologies A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poems and Bigger Than They Appear: An Anthology of Very Small Poems. Her chapbook, Her Vena Amoris (Red Bird Chapbooks), is available and her chapbooks, Ophelia Unraveling and The Ornithologist Poems are available from dancing girl press. She was winner of a scholarship to Poets on the Coast and a recipient of a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.