Good Fortunes

Full wings beating,
a great blue heron flies off,
but he's left a message
etched in the hieroglyphics
of his tracks.

I rush to decipher it,
for the fragile papyrus of beach
is already encroached
by the Gulf.

I crouch, tilt my head,
change angles, directions.

I read:
Accept the next proposition you hear.           
But then:
You will make a sudden rise in life.
And then:
A pleasant surprise is waiting for you.

Waves erase the writing
before I can attempt another
translation, a krack krack
white and high in the distance.

Fugue   Fuji crystal archive print
Copyright 2002, Carolyn Krieg

Copyright 2011,  Scott Wiggerman

Scott Wiggerman is the author of two books of poetry, Vegetables and Other Relationships and Presence,  new from Pecan Grove Press.  Recent publication credits include Switched-on GutenbergPoemeleonBroad River ReviewBoxcar Poetry Review, and Southwestern American Literature.   A frequent workshop instructor, he is also an editor for Dos Gatos Press, publisher of the annual Texas Poetry Calendar,  now in its fourteenth year.  His website is

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