It's just poetry, it won't bite


03.04.10 Posted in today's words by

the birds enjoy flitting around the snow cover so their colors may be
set off by our winter gloom. Rae Spencer has written a poem about
winter and birds and inspiration and meaning. You know what Rae is
capable of. Since her work first appeared here (Lore, What If, I dropped it again)
she has added new publications to her list of achievements and, yeah! a
Pushcart Prize nomination! Read this and feel spring edge just a little
bit closer.

By Rae Spencer

Pick then a jay
For quarrelsome lines
And a ruby red cardinal
For heart pain
Or simply for stark contrast
Against winter

Spell out a robin
For cheer
And a raven
For peril
Or maybe for wisdom
One being an echo
Of the other

Say next “canary”
So we can hear it sing
Funny how we wouldn’t hear
A warbler
Or even a quail
Saying its own name
In whistle syllable

Finally a crow
For endings
Set beside a dove
For beginnings
Or simply for further contrast
Against winter.

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