This selection, chosen by Guest Curator Stephanie Erdman, is from Narrow Bridge by Robbi Nester, released by Main Street Rag in 2019.
The voice of the bird
in the maple
is bigger than his body.
He trills the same six notes repeatedly,
but with such zest, they might be a symphony.
He makes those six notes do
for every nuance, every mood,
or perhaps he only needs to tell
how it feels to sing,
warm sunlight on his wings,
flying under low clouds.
He learned his narrow repertoire
and now will teach it to his sons.
His needs are few.
The sun through lacy leaves,
a likely nesting spot,
secure and sheltered.
A slanting shield of rain against the bark
on gray spring days
plays counterpoint to his song’s
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