Koala Holds Up Traffic

AMANDA ANASTASI

Koala Holds Up Traffic

Clumsily, he moves to the middle road line
with the tap of claws not meant for unyielding

road. He stops to stare at the benign queue
of delayed four-wheel drives and the drum

of doors as families emerge from growling engines
to point, coo and exclaim like elated circus punters.

A policeman and ranger carefully angle and steer
him from the highway and the sounds of photo

snaps and Facebook Live narrations. Step by languid
step, he is positioned beyond the fog of tar and concrete

for his return to the retreating forest. People re-enter
their cars, turn on playlists and podcasts, and continue.

© Amanda Anastasi, 2020.