by Suzanne S. Rancourt

Published in Issue No. 277 ~ June, 2020

I made a point of remembering

the silence inside the car

driving southwest

sun brilliant and warm


Impetulant crosswinds tossed my car

to the right shoulder of spring tangled weeds

and chain-linked Interstate fence where wind captured

and inflated a steel gray plastic shopping bag that waddled –

the size of a wild turkey

scratching for grubs in fresh thawed soil

the Red-Tailed Hawks herald this breech of cover

a long winter

teases us into escape

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Abenaki / Huron descent, and USMC and Army Veteran, Suzanne S. Rancourt’s book, Billboard in the Clouds, curbstone Press (2nd print NU Press,) won the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas First Book Award. Her 2nd book, murmurs at the gate, Unsolicited Press, released in 2019. Ms. Rancourt's work has appeared or is forthcoming in Other Worldly Women Press 2020 Anthology, Mizmor Anthology 2020, Rat’s Ass Review, Lucky Jefferson, The Wrath-Bearing Tree, Free State Review, Event Magazine, Pangyrus to name a few. For more info, explore her website: