At The Lake


A half-dozen woodpeckers
Tapping out their autobiographies
In the tops of dead trees
While the great blue heron
Standing in the reedy shallows below
Listens attentively but remains
Unmoved by their prose
 
By Buff Whitman-Bradley


Buff Whitman-Bradley’s poetry has appeared in many print and online journals, including Atlanta Review, Bryant Literary Review, Concho River Review, Crannog, december, Front Range Review, Hawai’i Review, Pinyon, Rockhurst Review, Solstice, Third Wednesday, Watershed Review, and others. He has published several collections of poems, most recently, To Get Our Bearings in this Wheeling World. His interviews with soldiers who refused to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan became the book About Face: Military Resisters Turn Against War. He lives in northern California with his wife Cynthia.