Magdalena Lagoon

by Jennifer Dennehy Issue: Spring/Summer 2021

Today, my rake is a leaf and thatch comb,
and its tines call chickadee’s jaunt—
tip a cap, bounce a bough, glean a seed chickadee,
chickadee dee.

And somehow our coy acquaintance minds the time
I spent in Mexico with 3 black-capped nuns
bobbing in a boat on the salt pan birth waters
of  Magdalena lagoon,
where we shared shy and unspoken hope
of gleaning a glance at a gray whale.
There, too, in the glint of regard from whale and calf—
new and molded from candle wax—
I recognized fellow pilgrims in the boat and beyond.

Jennifer Dennehy

Jennifer Dennehy has been an early childhood teacher for these last 20 years. She lives in Colorado with her family, 2 cats, 2 hens, a tortoise and with neighborhood foxes, songbirds, hawks and owls in the cottonwood and ponderosa trees. This is her first publication.