A Quiet Life


A seep of morning,
cranky crows are first cry.


The world reveals it has a shape,
things to land on. Light sharpens


vinyl edges of bedroom
shades. Robins take up teaching


from their chalkboard. I want
to rip formulas from red


throats as they wake classrooms
of chickadee and sparrow.

First Publication: Nixes Mate Review, 2018