BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE
Wendy Videlock lives in western Colorado, where a person can stop to study what an owl has left behind without being run over by a taxi.
Beneath her nest,
a shrew's head,
a finch's beak
and the bones
of a quail attest
the owl devours
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