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Five for Silver by Kate Hanson Foster

Five for Silver

Five crows restless

in the backyard pines. The blade

that scored the bread dough gleams

from both edges. Flour clouds

the mixing bowl in the stainless-steel sink.

I think I smell the past—my grandmother’s

spoons. Campfire ash. Sun puddles

flaring in the pavement. I feel

the soft choking from the ordinary

chain around my neck. My husband

is getting ready for work, his razor

tinging alarm into the porcelain. The baby

curls inside my arms—a thin film

of sweat between us. So hot and cold

the pinpricks of those shiny black pupils.

Five crows restless in the backyard pines.

The red-tailed hawk now rising.


"Five for Silver" originally appeared in Crow Funeral (EastOver Press, 2022).

Kate Hanson Foster

Kate Hanson Foster is the author of Crow Funeral (Eastover Press, 2022) and Mid Drift (Loom Press, 2011), a finalist for the Massachusetts Center for the Book Award. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Birmingham Poetry Review, Comstock Review, Harpur Palate, Poet Lore, Salamander, Tupelo Quarterly, and elsewhere. A recipient of the NEA Parent Fellowship through the Vermont Studio Center, she lives and writes in Groton, Massachusetts.


Kate Hanson Foster