"dazzle gradually"

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Polly Alice

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Ash Wednesday Bird


Ash Wednesday Bird
Tall as my gray cat
the wednesday bird
peers at me
from his gutter.

Like the raven,
he brings back news 
there is nowhere to land.

There is no rest, he cries,
only water
as far as the eye can see.

I reach into my pockets.
In the left, ashes,
In the right,
a seed.

What I wouldn’t give
for an olive branch,
a hope
that there was stiffener
for my wrinkled heart,
soggy with the gray days.

~

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