Forest Fire

Goldfinches Near Cooper Marsh

Beer and Rock Bass


The Creek Behind My House

The Game


En Route ŗ Montrťal/The Flowering Crab

Siamese Fighting Fish/Distant Carp

In Open Air

First Unmelting Flake


Remembered Moose

About the Poet


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Near Cooper Marsh

by Jesse P. Ferguson

The Game

from his snug blind
high in maple branches
he hadnít seen
the young cub close
behind its mother

hadnít realized the pair
had come to riverís edge
for a fishing lesson

and so his molten slug
found threeó

the hulking mother roaring
with less and less ferocity
the cub whimpering
for hours by
her cooling snout

and a sportsman
who never again
had the stomach
                        for game

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Copyright © 2006 by Jesse P. Ferguson
Electronic edition, 2006. ISBN 1-896362-40-0
Print edition forthcoming. ISBN 1-896362-41-9