I’m watching her watch 

the hawk tearing and tucking 

in at the ball of mauled mouse 


atop the lamppost jutting 

from the surrogate tree hung 

with wires that nevertheless 


sway clear of the predator 

as it takes care of born business 

and she does of hers—device 


in hand—aiming it in the air— 

capturing the great winged beast 

a little better than those wires 

slung loose for our low use.

John Zedolik of Pennsylvania taught English and Latin in a private school for thirteen years. Eventually, he wrote a dissertation that focused on the pragmatic comedy of the Canterbury Tales, thereby completing his Ph.D. in English. His iPhone is now his primary poetry notebook, and he hopes his use of technology in regard to this ancient art form continues to be fruitful.