The National Poetry Review

Beth McDermott


My neighbor is hanging plastic
eggs on trees with colorless

monofilament. She separates
an egg and threads both ends

of the cut line into an air hole
that prevents bursting—

knots the ends, clicks the egg
shut, and transfers the loop

from her hand to a bare branch
of her ornamental sapling as

a jeweler slips a pendant over
the velvet display bust. The egg

is suspended in air. She says
it’s for the kids; and I hear no

Christmas lights last year, not
even a blow mold Santa. Buds

on trees are barely there, but one
egg is the color of a Japanese

persimmon—she thinks its hole
drains her like a relief valve.

BETH MCDERMOTT is the author of How to Leave a Farmhouse, a chapbook published by Porkbelly Press (2015). Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Southern Humanities Review, So to Speak, The Hopper, and Bayou Magazine. She’s an assistant professor of English at University of St. Francis and lives in New Lenox, IL.