by Hilary Sideris

Published in Issue No. 283 ~ December, 2020


My daughter is teaching me

how to use the camera I wonder


why I bought, so smart it tells me

to insert its memory card. I turn


my earbuds off, see an egret.

The 60X zoom shakes, as I do,


recording a Cooper’s Hawk

in Prospect Park. She takes it


from my hands, places my

index finger, not my thumb,


on the shutter, tells me to press

less hard. Neither of us knows


if I will learn, if the Lumix

will end up in a box under


the bed next to my Modern

Greek Rosetta Stone.


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Hilary Sideris has recently published poems in The American Journal of Poetry, Bellevue Literary Review, Free State Review, Gravel, The Lake, Main Street Rag, Rhino, Salamander, and Southern Poetry Review. She is the author of Most Likely to Die (Poets Wear Prada 2014), The Inclination to Make Waves (Big Wonderful 2016), Un Amore Veloce (Kelsay 2019) and The Silent B (Dos Madres 2019).