Markings by Donna Isaac

Photo of group of ducks on water
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Duck prints score the pond,
the one out my window,
the one where an egret
roosts come spring,
the one where a blue heron
fishes in summer,
the one where nuthatches
sip drips on the shoreline.
It is still winter.
I don’t know tomorrow
except for penciled-in plans,
scrimshaw on a calendar.
I don’t know the future
but for forked feet.

Donna Isaac
Donna Isaac is a teaching artist who organizes community readings in the Twin Cities, Minn.; she curates and hosts the reading series, Literary Lights. Published poetry includes Footfalls (Pocahontas Press), a paean to growing up in the Appalachians; three chapbooks: Tommy (Red Dragonfly Press), Holy Comforter (Red Bird Chapbooks), and Persistence of Vision (Finishing Line Press); and work in literary journals such as The Tishman Review, The Saint Paul Almanac, and The Penn Review. Find more of her work at

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