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Red Wing, Minnesota
Juliane McAdam


On a late summer afternoon in Red Wing, Minnesota,
we wandered down from our hotel, the historic St. James,
to sit on a bench and watch the Mississippi roll by.
At dusk, the mosquitos arrived,
swarms of them, attacking our pleasure.
We got up to return to the hotel. At that moment,
from the cave-like entrance to the parking garage,
flew hundreds of small bats, ready for
their evening feast. We smiled at
the reckoning for the mosquitos.

© by Juliane McAdam.
Used with the author's permission.


Juliane McAdam is a California native who grew up in the stark beauty of the Mojave Desert. She spent the last 27 years of a 40-year teaching career teaching English and Spanish to middle school students in Los Angeles, and writing poems with them. Now retired and living near Morro Bay on California’s beautiful Central Coast, Juliane enjoys walks, kayaking, playing piano, and writing poems to record observations and memories.



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Wilda Morris:
Hurrah for the bats! Wonderful ending.
Posted 04/19/2024 08:34 AM
I enjoyed this good description with an unexpected ending. Well done.
Posted 04/18/2024 07:37 PM
Dusk as dinner is being served along the Mississippi. Bats of Red Wing heroes! Enjoyed your experience poem.
Posted 04/18/2024 10:51 AM
Lori Levy:
Like the progression from a peaceful afternoon to mosquitos to bats!
Posted 04/17/2024 02:08 PM
Larry Schug:
Ah, beautiful Red Wing, but yes. the Mozzies are ready. Once when we were walking along the river near Red Wing, a bat landed on my wife's shoulder. She was not attacked and we congenial with the bat until it left. This poem brings back memories.
Posted 04/17/2024 01:55 PM
Bats may be nature's wry retribution for the skeeters' bite, though both may be nasty bloodsuckers. Ugh! Randy Mazie
Posted 04/17/2024 09:49 AM
The word reckoning makes this poem sing.
Posted 04/17/2024 09:48 AM
🙂 Nice!
Posted 04/17/2024 09:22 AM

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