ten ducklings scurried next to their mother
on the grass bank of Tinney Creek.
It’s the time of year for births at the creek
and on the wheel of birth’s
death for all but a few of the ducklings.
Helpless I watched
hoping the crow’s kill was quick
hoping the duckling felt only soft grass and sky
Being human this seems a loss to us
until we arrive at the meal.
This evening in a restaurant a person will order duck
for their dinner.
Talons or forks
the same but
One is choiceless, the other chooses.
For feathers or skin
made of ducks and ducklings
we ought bow in gratitude