Delmarva Review: Thanksgiving by Meredith Davies Hadaway
Author’s Note: It’s pretty quiet right now on the Chester River. We’ve pulled our boats and turned our gardens under. Now gray skies and bare trees come alive with the migratory birds that are my favorite Fall visitors. This poem is just to say, even with the disruption and the uncertainty of this season, I am grateful for all that remains.
Because I wake up here where a kingfisher flits
to a piling, where the heron strides his patient
watch, and a sparrow chips away at the feeder.
Birds go about their business, the winged
body of one soul, lodged briefly
in another, stitching clouds to the tide.
From somewhere a shotgun stutters. One goose
Tumbles—skims the edge of soft
and familiar. No wind, no sound beyond
my own breathing. Just a thick, hovering
sky. The bare limbs hold it
Meredith Davies Hadaway has been a featured writer in Delmarva Review. She is the author of three poetry collections: Fishing Secrets of the Dead, The River is a Reason, and At The Narrows (winner of the 2015 Delmarva Book Prize for Creative Writing). She holds an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Hadaway is a former Rose O’Neill Writer- in-Residence and chief marketing officer at Washington College.
Photography by Wilson Wyatt
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