Tuesday, May 15, 2018

"Grasslands" by Mary Soon Lee

"Finch" Watercolor on Paper
By J. Artemus Gordon
Grasslands
Mary Soon Lee
          
A Gouldian finch flew past your ear,
a bird dabbed with color
like one of your crayon drawings:
purple, red, turquoise, yellow, green
all crammed into a few inches.
     
We stood on the boardwalk, 
quiet, holding still
for maybe three minutes
while the finches sang
on the branches
under the curved skylight.

Such a short measure of time
to fill me up so full.


Poet's Notes:​  Some years ago, I took my daughter to the National Aviary in Pittsburgh shortly after it opened a new grasslands exhibit area. It was a relatively small, sky-lit space, with small, brightly colored birds that perched on branches or flew past us as we stood there for a small, quiet moment in the busyness that is life with a young child.

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