New Tenant


The back door left ajar
was the perfect invitation
for Bossy to enter
and make herself at home.
When I returned, I witnessed
a trail of cow pies
all the way into the bedroom,
and there was Bossy,
sprawled out on the bed.
I was flabbergasted,
to say the least,
never dreaming
my new bedmate
would utterly be a cow.

By Harding Stedler


After graduating valedictorian of his high school graduating class, Harding Stedler went on to earn his B.S. in Ed., M.S in English Education, and his Ph.D. in English Education as well. He taught writing courses under the umbrella of the English Department in universities where he taught. In 1995, he retired from Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio, with 34 years of service. He now makes his home in Maumelle, Arkansas, and is an active member of the Poets’ Roundtable of Arkansas as well as the River Market Poets in Little Rock.

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