A SEAGULL MAKES A LONE CALL, OFF-COURSE
And across from me a bird roots
in the gutter, looking for spare twigs.
Its dark feathered body dip in and out
of the track, its tail striking the air. I wonder instead
if it has made a nest up there when its body
disappears. Chirps rise in the early, warm days
of spring. I make notes, so we might look out
the next time we clean the gutters, might check-in
if there’s another freeze. The sky is the rare robin’s-egg
blue of the birds who nested in a nearby tree
last summer. The heat on my neck suggests I might burn,
but I welcome it, treasuring the rare day
when the sun comes out of hiding.
—after Sylvia Plath’s “Little Fugue” from her Collected Poems (HarperCollins, 1981)
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