The cheap thrill nuclear family
waddles up to the swarming ducks
and each group becomes enthralled by the other.
The humans are armed with unwanted
white bread, and the ducks are trumpeting
hunger songs like battle chants.
The little girl screams as the outnumbering
ducks overtake her and she slackens her grip
on the bag of bread. The dad says
Don't drop it, but she does, and the beaked ones
peck at the bag's opening to extract its innards.
The girl backs up against her father and watches
nature remove her from the equation.