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Issue 23: 28 April 2024
Poem: 68 words
By Mary Buchinger

Thoughts of Bodily Integrity on My Way to School

You’re just a pedestrian, says the truck 
says the no-turn-on-red right-turning car 
the what-red-light bike 
the who-needs-sidewalks road commission 
the governor 
the president 
the river 
the willow 
the whistling hawk 
the sequined shawl of snow 
the sun on my braid 
the perfect vee of geese 
Pedestrian! Pedestrian! they honk 
I watch the traffic helicopter plow across their pretty path 

Mary Buchinger
Issue 23 (April 2024)

is the author of seven collections of poetry; her most recent books are The Book of Shores (Lily Poetry Review Books, 2024), Navigating the Reach (Salmon Poetry, 2023), and Virology (Lily Poetry Review Books, 2022). Her work has appeared in AGNI, Maine Review, Plume, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, Salamander, Salt Hill, Seneca Review, Sugar House Review, and elsewhere. She teaches at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and serves on the board of the New England Poetry Club.

Author’s website: https://www.marybuchinger.com/

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