May/June 2018 • Vol. XL No. 3 Nature's (Human) NatureMay 1, 2018 |

In Everything a Little Remains

after Carlos Drummond de Andrade   In everything a little remains. In our factory-farmed eggs, a little pasture   remains, one wide enough to cool the pain of the fire-hot blade slicing each hens beak after birth. A freedom of the heart, if you will, an imagined green—with waterfalls, and lilies— to spare us the constraint of wire walls that restrict a wingspan's width, providing no space to move without stepping on another hen. Why think of each hen stepping upon the next, when we can envision the prairie—as the label depicts— where the birds roam at will and do not die cramped in piles of ten, unable to budge from their trembling cage mates who have not, and will not, spend one day outside? In everything a little remains. In our "100% Whole Grain" shredded wheat, a little pesticide remains, just a little bit. A 100% weed killer, if you will. A tinge of Monsanto. A touch of glyphosate. Just think of how, in everything, a little remains. —i

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Dilruba Ahmed
Dilruba Ahmed’s debut book, Dhaka Dust (Graywolf Press, 2011), won the Bakeless Prize awarded by the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Her poems have appeared (or will soon appear) in Alaska Quarterly Review, American Poetry Review, Copper Nickel, New England Review, and Poetry. Her work has also been anthologized in Literature: The Human Experience (Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2016), Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry (University of Arkansas, 2010), and elsewhere.

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