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Passion in Tyler State Park


Swallows race

to open-mouthed young

in the cob-webbed rafters

of the cedar boat house.

The feeding frenzy

takes a voyeuristic back seat

as the birds watch lovers

entwined on a park bench.

Even birds recognize lust

in this atmosphere of tongues

where restraint is abandoned,

swollen senses tremble,

and everything takes flight

into a carnal sky.

Bill Wunder is the co-winner of the 2022 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards. His fourth book, Welcome to Paradise: New and Selected Poems, includes his winning poem, and is now available from or from the author. Previous books are Pointing at the Moon, 2008, Hands Turning the Earth, 2014, all three from WordTech editions. Kingdom of Heaven, 2015 is from Kelsay Books. All are available from Amazon or at

Poet’s Corner is curated by Bucks County Poet Laureate Emeritus Tom Mallouk and supported by a grant to the Bucks County Herald Foundation made possible by Marv and Dee Ann Woodall. To submit a poem for consideration, email it to If the poem has been previously published, please say where it first appeared.

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