The Pond by Gregory Orr April 14, 2015December 26, 2016 by Diligent Candy The Pond by Gregory Orr : The Poetry Foundation. Snapping turtles in the pond eat bass, sunfish, and frogs. They do us no harm when we swim. But early this spring two Canada geese lingered, then built a nest. What I’d heard of, our neighbor feared: goslings, as they paddle about, grabbed from below by a snapper, pulled down to drown. So he stuck hunks of fat on huge, wire-leadered hooks attached to plastic milk-bottle buoys. The first week he caught three turtles and still there are more: sometimes he finds the bottles dragged ashore, the wire wrapped several times around a pine trunk and the steel hook wrenched straight as a pin. Gregory Orr, “The Pond” fromThe Caged Owl: New and Selected Poems(2002: Copper Canyon Press, 2002). http://www.coppercanyonpress.org Advertisements Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailTumblrPrintLinkedInRedditGooglePinterestPocketTelegramWhatsAppSkypeLike this:Like Loading... Tags: choice cruelty goslings gregory orr hooks human life living reason the mind the pond turtles who would you choose Diligent Candy A local [international] blogger, writer, amateur photographer, academic, solar-powered INTJ, voracious reader, wears novelty socks, proud mom, and indulgent wife. Related Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here... Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email (required) (Address never made public) Name (required) Website You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Twitter account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Facebook account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Google+ account. ( Log Out / Change ) Cancel Connecting to %s Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email.