Saturday, June 26, 2010

Weekly Worded

Birdsong Translator

Birds understand each other.
The Killdeer thinks kindly
as the Finch produces a cheerful warbling.

The Cowbird’s dark pleasure
is to hear Red-winged Blackbirds
chirping from the cattails.

What bird would deny a goose
the embodiment of aggression
despite such a soft sloping neck

and Meadowlarks
bearing no relation to Larks
sound exactly like them.

The Mockingbird is an act
of mimicry, like a comedian
doing impressions

but it’s the night owl whose
simple vocabulary
first taught the animals to listen.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Weekly Worded

Solstice Tricks You Can Learn At Home

Summer’s official,
the beans will start

anytime now, climbing --
radish heat

just below the surface
erupting like

solar flares.
I’ll stoop

in the garden
pulling bind weed

like the boy
next door

snapping his yo-yo
so the sun

spins lazily
at the bottom of its arc

before getting tangled
in this length of day.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Weekly Worded

song of the siren

at first it draws you
to the balcony
the sense of tragedy unfolding
emergency vehicle
lights flashing
four floors down
pedestrians watching
from the curb
traffic resumes
the siren fades
but you follow it in your mind
through cobblestone streets
the heart attack
car wreck
here in the city of lights
where you have traveled
without incident
discounting inconvenience
your hotel
the latin quarter
small but clean
hovering a quarter mile
from hospital
island in a foreign land
the words you don’t understand
but the melody

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Weekly Worded

closed door

buried forty years
only twenty-eight
retirement, early --
a rock star's rock
a paris grave
lining up
as if
one glimpse
of his name
from this world
to the next
lead singer for
the song the
song the

downloaded prayer
eternal flame