O'Brien County's Bell-Times-Courier -

American Life In Poetry


August 1, 2019

Lately I've been worried about the welfare of a young groundhog who lives under our front deck. His back legs won't support him and he drags them behind. This poem has been a good lesson for me. That groundhog is neither MY groundhog, nor does he need my pity. This poem is by Gary Whitehead of New York, from his book A Glossary of Chickens: Poems, published by Princeton University Press.

One-Legged Pigeon

In a flock on Market,

just below Union Square,

the last to land

and standing a little canted,

it teetered-I want to say now

though it's hardly true-

like Ahab toward the starboard

and re...

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