What to Call It

To the thrush singing at the woods’ edge
it must look as if I’m hitting myself

but that’s only incidental.
I’m swatting mosquitoes.


To the cops at the stadium
it might appear that she’s praying

when she closes her eyes
to see the afterimages on her eyelids.


To friends & admirers of the legendary coach
it must’ve seemed so generous,

all the things he gave those boys,
all the places he took them.


To us it’s a mournful song
but to the wood thrush itself?

Perhaps just the sound of dusk
passing through its windpipe.

Inspired in part by the currently serializing Fragments issue at

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