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the dog and I edged around
the freshly crushed remains
of a mourning dove     oh no     I thought
I heard they mate for life
someone is lonely
three on those wires where four had been.
Crows appeared on the road.

Next day a mob of mourning doves assembles
on the lawn on the wires
near where the one was killed
a funeral I guess and the day after that
there are four doves again
a funeral
followed by a wedding.

LOUISE CARSON's work has been published here and there, including in The Best Canadian Poetry 2013. Her collection A Clearing was published in 2015. A mystery entitled The Cat Among Us was published in 2017, with a sequel, The Cat Vanishes, following in 2018. Louise lives with her daughter and pets in rural Quebec.

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