escher poetry — [K]

sunny shallow river
fifteen tall men wide
fish to feed
a colony of ducks

a wandering five
of sibling interplay
sun yolk ducklings
churning cool water

mum
on the far bank
dozing
or distracted by jousting drakes

an elegant heron
a cleopatra
visiting this ha’penny opera
upstaging the hapless actors

the fluffballs’ small faffing
fazes the heron’s hunt
she steps sharply towards
small fry for the interlude

fuck said the duck
that’s how it sounded
she launches into summer water
tries to rush across

the heron continues
her acrid jag walk
ignoring the confused young
like the queen she is

later
mum arrives
checks her babies
all there