Elise Hempel

Elise Hempel grew up in suburban Chicago and has worked as a copywriter, proofreader, editor, and college English instructor. Her poems have appeared in many journals over the years, as well as Ted Kooser's American Life in Poetry. She lives in central Illinois.

Finicky Mrs. Wren

Back and forth all day she flits /
and through the hole in their house she fits / not just each different thing she brings /but herself too, making sure each thing / is put in its proper place inside / until she's finally satisfied.