Ruth Lehrer

Duck Smoke

For the first time

she had to knife a neck

off a duck cadaver

which then she left in hot

and wine over a night of cold

All she had was a sad cake box

to hold its duck wild in

But in morning

she hung it by colander

holes of air to speak

through day

I think in evening

it was all smoke

But I’m not sure.

Ruth Lehrer is a writer and sign language interpreter living in western Massachusetts. Her writing has been published in print and online journals such as Trivia: Voices of Feminism, Yes No Journal and The Blue Hour Magazine. Her novel, BEING FISHKILL, will be published by Candlewick Press in 2016. She can be found on twitter at @duckduckf.

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