Seasonal Truths — A Poem

 

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“Reaching” — C.Birde, 6/17

 

She flits

among the underbrush,

shadow clad in shadow.

He sings

in liquid, honeysuckled

light and borrowed notes,

songs un-repetitive,

unrepeatable.

A stroke of shadow,

she huddles

atop a nest of sticks and

grass and ribbons built,

like his song,

in careful,

r a n d o m

fashion.

Chasing

blue jay,

grackle,

awkward young starling,

he repels

any who come too near.

My name,

tucked beneath

their wings,

in their

throats and call —

I answer.

 

— C.Birde, 6/17

 

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“O.C.” — C.Birde, 6/17

Chimera — A Poem

 

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“Blue Jay” — C.Birde, 5/24/17

 

Clad

in admiralty blue,

rank dabbed and denoted

in white and black,

he clutches,

in an executioner’s grip,

the limp featherless form

still pinked with the breath

of recent life.

Cloaked

in delft and gray,

eyes bright with a

sunset captured,

she is pursued and scolded.

And I,

a witness apart,

must remind myself –

there is

no malice present,

nor joy

in the other’s suffering.

There are

no monsters

here.

— C.Birde, 5/17

 

 

Bird, Mocking — A Poem

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“Mocking Bird” (detail) — C.Birde, 5/15

Standing tall

on slim black legs,

talons pricking

aged granite,

the Mockingbird

flicks his tail,

cocks his head.

He follows my progress

with pearl-gray eye,

listens intently

when I speak.

And once

he has collected

my words,

my intent,

he parses and restates —

more perfectly,

more succinctly,

more beautifully —

in song.

— C.Birde, 5/15

 

 

 

Cherry-Blossom Path — A Poem

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“Cherry Blossom Path” — C.Birde, 5/17

 

Much is written

of rose-strewn paths;

but I prefer to

tread —

lightly, bare of foot —

the petals

dashed to ground

by recent rain

of the leaning cherry —

still pink,

still damp,

still fragrant.

A blushing robe

discarded;

while nearby,

tucked in switch and

bramble,

the catbirds’ songs

weave and flutter like

scattered, honeyed

light.

— C.Birde, 5/17

 

Struggle — A Poem

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“Struggle” — C.Birde,  3/1

 

Dark star’s

collapse,

plummet

and crash.

Bones

broken,

protest

choked.

Wings tight-

folded,

neck arched

in sharp crescent;

plucked feathers

spread over green-

bladed grass.

Dark-bodied

constellation

pricks and studs

surrounding

trees,

mourns

in raucous,

full-throated,

voice.

— C.Birde, 3/1

 

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“Struggle, Detail” — C.Birde, 3/1