Thursday, March 19, 2015

Sarah Busse: "Evening Walk, Mid-March"

Tho' there is no new path, just the usual
neighborhood circle, familiar as the salt
caking the pavement squares.

Piles of shrinking snow humped up along the curbs,
each night the puddles freeze, each morning thaw,
and grass, clumped and frizzled, and mud. Mud.

Gritty, dull, the land, the houses. Everything
needs washing, and a second rinse cycle.
But the sky is full of occasion—robins.

Robins invisible
in the still-bare trees, twittering, chirruping
cheerily around the entire suburban block.

It couldn't be called song,
that curiously bubbling chatter-sound they make,
waxy and bibulous as a pubhouse or bridal shower.

cheerio, cheeri-up, killup killaree, killup killaree, cheeri-up, cheerio

Come spring, that much-dreamed distant season, these trees
will bust out green, our salt-stained eyes
rejoice—but not then, not again as

everywhere now the chirping of robins, and water running,
and then and now we are arrived at home.

"Evening Walk, Mid-March" by Sarah Busse, from Quiver: Poems (Red Dragonfly Press, 2009). Text as presented on Your Daily Poem (03/16/2014).

Art credit: "Winter robins flock together at a bird bath," photograph by Becky Stanton.

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