At twilight, a racoon honeymoon
is bathed in silver— from the side
of your eye, heaps of trash make
immaculate dunes—an altar raised
to the moon in offering for a dry
June. From overgrown shell, a snail
toddles— is late bearing rings
for the couple who patiently wait.
As fireflies spark kindling to a
grey-blue sky, a pair of deer rub
noses, smelling nuptials as they
blow in gentle puffs to say hello.
When at once these two are one,
their fingers interlaced, a warm
breeze sets flowers wild, bobbing
as moths place tiny blooms
to crown these wedded racoons.
Approving crickets chirp—
their wings all flap and clapping
lend percussion to greyish loons—
A serenade on the lagoon.
Jess L Parker [she/her/hers] is a poet and strategist originally from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Jess lives in Fitchburg, WI with her husband, 18-month-old son, and Pitbull, “Poe”. Her debut poetry collection, Star Things, is winner of the 2020 Dynamo Verlag Book Prize. Jess’ poems have appeared in Bramble, Kosmos Quarterly, Blue Heron Review, and elsewhere. Jess holds a B.A. of English and Spanish from Northern Michigan University, an M.A. of Spanish Literature from UW-Madison, and an MBA from Concordia University.