On Reading a Bird
by Joyce Meggett
Begin with a premise:
His feet are fans,
So, thriving in his mating plumage,
In ardent bliss he set his turned-up beak to flattering the seastrand.
The rapture of his flight I think you know.
And when his small death came, he folded shut.
[Author's note] Dulac and Chauvin are small communities in the wetlands of Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, which is frequented by migrating avocets.
Copyright © 2018 by Joyce Meggett