Like nothing, you wield these leaves
& branches from miles around
into your fortress, your own floating box.
Wings spread & your partner’s—& the calls
over the water. What power. What control.
The unruly terrain falls. How I wish I were you,
too beautiful & blue to be viewed
from a distance, the blending in. How calm
I would have to be to calm these waters,
how sure. Mystical bird, I envy you.
I look down into her beautiful face & know
I am unworthy. My sadness speaks
for me & with one look she may drink it in.
Small spiral heart, blood in the snow: this
is what I will have done to her. I wish for calm.
Kingfisher & swan, you reign—the sharp
voices & feathers, stark & shine
against flattened seas.
Calm sun, calm moon.
HALCYON has many definitions over the course of its lineage. This is in reference to its representation of a mythological bird, said by ancient writers to breed in a nest floating at sea at the winter solstice, charming the wind and waves into calm.