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