THE THORN PULLER
Anhinga, annihilation. The best indoctrination we can think of.
up under eaves. The walls outside bulge. The deck is not fatal,
Square song in a cage is a tactic for her. Tick-tick in
breaks the stay. Locution, apparition takes a picture of the sprite
a cardinal. The greybird floats by first, knocking up
twig in his beak. Tiny backyard beauty: the worst we can
The title of this piece refers to a Roman bronze statue called the Spinario (sometimes also called the Thorn Puller), thought to be from around the first century BC. The poem came about partly from observations of my own backyard as well as my ongoing obsession with birds.