Birds Punctuate the Days -- Joyce Clement apostrophe the nuthatch inserts itself between feeder and pole semicolon two mallards drifting one dunks for a snail ellipses a mourning dove lifts off asterisk a red-eyed vireo catches the crane fly midair comma a down feather bobs between waves exclamation point wren on the railing takes notice colon mergansers paddle toward morning trout swirl em dash at dusk a wild goose heading east question mark the length of silence after a loon’s call period one blue egg all summer long now gone https://poets.org/glossary/haiku
the new cat shares my despair the new black cat sits waiting in the window for the backyard to wake for a week he hid behind the furnace, afraid of our sure attack on the basement floor the cold rose in me. I cried flesh and bones melting in February's glacier. He will never love us, I said. But at last he crept out, lured by a dancing string, by our relentless use of his new name, our song of despair, and arched his back to my hand, answered me with small cries like thin bells, rough chirps, complete capitulation and now we are bound by a wild need for touch our darkest fears of being truly seen solitary confinement and abandonment together we watch an old world stream past the glass variations on a theme: winter's siege finally cracking, icy rain's indifference, how it falls and falls on a gray world, melting dirt down into wormy blood
Suggested soundtrack: Robins.