It had been dragged to the edge of the field,
now just a mound inside the barbed wire
fence, the windowed panel of a wedding tent
draped over it, failing to hide the mottled coat,
bloated body, as I drive by in the northbound lane,
following the saturated bank of the Connecticut
River, thinking of those whose lungs have become
wet sponges, who are slowly drowning, dying alone.
Corey D. Cook’s fifth collection of poems, The Weight of Shadows, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2019 and is available for purchase online. His work has recently appeared in Boston Literary Magazine, Freshwater, The Henniker Review, The Mountain Troubadour, Trouvaille Review, and Viscaria Magazine. New poems are forthcoming in the Aurorean and Muddy River Poetry Review. Corey works at a hospital in New Hampshire and lives in Vermont.