Duck Sex Organ by Jim Zola

We measure and watch,
poke, note,
all in the name of science.
The male Argentine Lake Duck
averages sixteen inches
in length. Its’ penis
extends seventeen.
We hypothesize.
Size matters,
lucky drake.
A clumsy cluck
on land,
the stiff-tailed duck
is promiscuous.
No doubt.
We video tape.
One theory
being floated says
the male might use
his organ as a lasso,
as females try to escape.
We brag
about our findings,
compare facts.
Late at night
we speculate.

Jim Zola has worked in a warehouse, as a security guard, in a bookstore, as a teacher for Deaf children, as a toy designer for Fisher Price, and currently as a children’s librarian. Published in many journals through the years, his publications include a chapbook — The One Hundred Bones of Weather (Blue Pitcher Press) — and a full length poetry collection — What Glorious Possibilities (Aldrich Press). He currently lives in Greensboro, NC


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