30 Poems in 30 Days

30 Poems in 30 Days
A Project for National Poetry Writing Month

Friday, April 13, 2018

Day 10 -- Both at the Same Time

Birds Bring It

birds bring it back:
the sandpit, the long
abandoned backhoe
and slimy pond
defunct detritus
from the go-go days
of building it all up
to nothing now
surrounded by sumac
and sugar maple

the birds bring it:
a spring Saturday
how the rusted
digger glowed as if
it were not dead
and she was not dead
because she heard their
birdy trilling across
the open pit and shed
a new jean jacket old
t-shirt jeans and panties
in the green sunlight

the birds and a girl
of maybe ten
wearing nothing
but work-boots
answering finch
and sparrow
with whistles
and a song from Oliver! 
whispering to the singing
woods who will buy this
naked jaybird who will buy
this beautiful bird