Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Dawn Chorus

On January 18th (and during rebroadcasts) my poem “Dawn Chorus” was read on The Open Mike Poetry Show, an hour-long program on UK radio station 107.1 FM in Winchcombe. You can listen to a recording of it on YouTube. Here’s the text:

Dawn Chorus

In spring, they sing:
thrushes, wrens,
warblers, all.
An earthly opus
sprung wide and free
through dawn.

In spring, they sing—
Announcements cast
on a screen of rising light;
the silence pushed
to the backs of leaves,
into cracks of stone.

To my ears
the dawn chorus
is but one song;
one the waking sun
conducts
but never hears.

In spring, I join in . . .
whistle down the path
with a child’s air;
a timeless flow of nature
from ears to heart.

And that is how
all my best days begin.




(From the book Wilderness & Love)

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