Heron by David Houston

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April 2, 2013 by northerncardinalreview

Taut leaden arrow.
A killer of frogs and small fry.
Low now, neck poised, eye concentrated, loaded.
For six minutes he waits before breaking the surface.
A splash. Embarrassed, he shrugs:
No, no, it wasn’t me.
Shakes lightly before labouring, lifting.
A damp flannel.
The weight of the world on his shoulders.


David Houston is a writer and poet currently splitting his time between Europe and Toronto.  Previous work has been included in an anthology, The House at Black Moss; Clitheroe Books Press, Friction Magazine & Journal, Material and the Earthlines Review. He was winner of the Wasafiri New Writers Prize 2012. A more permanent move to Canada is planned as he hopes to begin an MFA in Writing at the University of Saskatchewan in the fall. This is his first publication in Canada.

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