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Mating Season

by Tanya Grae

Barred owls on the river hunt for sex
all night. In a flash mob exchange, they pitch
& haggle their charms back & forth to a wild
orangutan vocalise. After such a fury for love,
the silence settles, the couplings surely struck.
There’s no sleeping through the fireworks,
but after, in the absence, the whole night rings
from possibility. Who knows what will come
in the year ahead? Or what to leave behind?
But now I’m awake & thirsty & the half-full
glass at my side is not enough. Too tired
to get out of bed, I close my eyes & lull against
the translation of owls calling out—
If not you, someone. If not you, someone new.


Tanya Grae is a PhD candidate at Florida State University. Her poems have appeared in The Los Angeles ReviewNew SouthSugar House Review, Apalachee Review, and elsewhere. Her chapbook, Little Wekiva River (Five Oaks Press), is due out late this summer. (7/2016)

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