Chance Encounters With Wild Animals by Monica Kidd

Poem Title: Chance Encounters with Wild Animals Poet Name: Monica Kidd Poem: He cocks his elbow and his eyes flash 1942. Home on leave, steam from the train rising, swooning girls, hat boxes. An old-fashioned come-on, that elbow, inviting me for a stroll, the most forward he’s been in fifty years. His tins of soup and rumbled suit. His widowerhood. These deaths we drag around, screeching from our midden heaps. My broken glance betrayed him: a flushed bird. We were bereft. But there was this: the way he rose to a pretty girl in the growling midday. The way I blushed. END OF POEM. Credits: Copyright © Monica Kidd Previously published in Chance Encounters with Wild Animals (Gaspereau Press, 2019). Monica Kidd’s most recent collection of poetry is Chance Encounters with Wild Animals (Gaspereau Press, 2019).