Duck Feet

Duck feet wattle-splat

against the pondside pavement

after morning swim,

reconnecting life-deadened

spirit to nature’s rhythmic pulse.


Copyright 2016

T. Allen Culpepper



How to grub for worms–

a skill every duckling needs.

Patient mother teaches them

beneath the hackberry shade,

with only a rare

and mild corrective quack,

or gentle guidance

by brush of her loving wing.


Copyright 2013

T. Allen Culpepper