May’s Bird

 

‘Finger-beak in feather-pocket’

 

Image at nzbirdsonline.org.nz

Feel Like A Bird

Feel like A Bird
understand
he has no hand

instead A Wing
close-lapped
mysterious thing

in sleeveless coat
he halves The Air
skipping there
like water-licked boat

lands on star-toes
finger-beak in
feather-pocket
finds no coin

in neat head like
seeds in A Quartered
Apple eyes join
sniping at opposites
stereoscope The Scene
Before

close to floor giddy
no arms to fling
A Third Sail
spreads for calm
his tail

hand better
than A Wing?
to gather A Heap
to count
to clasp A Mate?

or leap
lone-free and mount
on muffled shoulders
to span A Fate?

by May Swenson

More about May at http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/may-swenson

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