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Cattle Egret
RandiLynn Sanders


I park my Soul under a live oak tree
outside of Walmart
trying to find cover
from the kind of Florida sun
that can bake the paint off a car.
Just out of the shadow
of my parking-lot arbor,
I notice her,
frail legs bent
at acorn-knob elbows, toes
splayed like tiny pontoons
on a lake of hot pavement.
This delicate waif is
stranded between a fat-tired pickup
and a paint-speckled contractor's van.
I want to sweep her into my arms,
and carry her back to her ranch
where she can pick at bugs in cool grass
and shade herself in her own arbor of cows.
She pauses her bobbing walk,
cocks her head, fans her feather mohawk,
and regards me with a gold-ringed eye,
as if to say I've seen your kind,
and I'm not impressed,
because I may be small,
but I can fly.

© by Randi Lynn Sanders.
Used with the author's permission.


Randi Lynn Sanders is currently enrolled in the Master of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing at Mississippi University for Women. Randi lives on the gulf coast of Florida, where she maintains a financial advisory practice and works on honing her writing skills, usually before or after market close.



Post New Comment:
I love this!!! Really wonderful. Thanks. A joy to read.
Posted 07/25/2019 09:49 PM
Lori Levy:
Great depiction of the egret and how she makes you feel.
Posted 07/25/2019 06:42 PM
Sharon Waller Knutson:
Randi, I love every word of this delightful poem from parking your Soul at Wal-Mart to reading the mind of the egret. The poem is very well crafted, picturesque, humorous and full of insight. I want to take your writing classes.
Posted 07/25/2019 02:04 PM
This poem transported me to the Walmart parking lot and then to a country pasture and then to a place in time beyond Walmarts and people. Wonderful!
Posted 07/25/2019 10:08 AM
michael escoubas:
Your bio refers to "honing" your writing skills. I would say they are already quiet sharp. Good poem Randi, drawn from the very stuff of your surroundings, as most good poems are.
Posted 07/25/2019 08:55 AM
Gilbert Allen:
Yes, those images seem spot on, and I like the way those final lines resonate with the poem's beginning.
Posted 07/25/2019 08:34 AM
Larry Schug:
Good eye for detail, very visual: I am impressed with "bake the paint off a car".
Posted 07/25/2019 07:37 AM

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