A Pound of Feathers

by Christopher Bullard

In second grade, someone posed the riddle:
Which was the heavier: a pound of lead,
Or a pound of feathers? With no middle
Choice left, anyone with a practical head
Declared himself for the weight of metal,
Which had, at least, the feel of solid logic,
Though the more cynical came to settle
On eider, guessing that it was all a trick.
But those who argued the two were the same
Were hounded as show-offs and worse was done
To girls who tried to get into the game.
We would allow two sides to each question;
Which one you chose didn’t matter much to us,
But not choosing sides — that was dangerous.
Christopher Bullard graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in English Literature. He is currently enrolled in the low-residency MFA program in creative writing at Wilkes University. His work has appeared in Nimrod, Pleiades, Atlanta Review and other literary publications.