On A Wire

Originally published in Front Porch Review (April 2011), shared here for today’s Writers’ Pantry at Poets And Storytellers United.

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Photo: Parizad Shojaei

On A Wire

Under their wings is white:
early in the morning, early
in autumn, birds, perched on lines
give new meaning to the words
‘the birds alight.’ Birds in search
of one last brightness, one last
dream of summer flight, gleam.
Spied from below, the underside
of wings is white, flares like the last
flash of another summer, undone
by autumn’s shortened light.

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Poets And Storytellers United
Writers’ Pantry # 39
~ Feathers and Plums ~
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10 thoughts on “On A Wire

  1. A stunning poem, Ron! The title is reminiscent of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Bird on the Wire’. I love the internal rhyme and the descriptions of light, especially the lines:
    ‘Spied from below, the underside
    of wings is white, flares like the last
    flash of another summer, undone
    by autumn’s shortened light.’

  2. Beautiful…I hadn’t thought of the light under their wings. They sit as exclamation points on a wire telling us to enjoy and invite light into our beings.

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