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scissor tailed fly catcher


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The flycatcher cuts through the paper wind

announcing the drowning flight of winter's
satellite. Summer arrives reflecting the bird
flying backwards in it's mirror. The night observes
the flycatchers skydance-it balances streams and
rivers teaching them the moves-they dance with
the ghosts of Oklahoma. Two birds stream across
the sky like shadows from a fire.
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Barry, there's lots of niceness going on here: the paper wind, winter's satellite, summer's arrival with birds flying backwards in its mirror, and that skydance with a ghostly mention of Oklahoma. I like that the night observes the skydance. The speaker and reader are there, too, albeit in the background.

The last lines are remarkably vivid:

... Two birds stream across
the sky like shadows from a fire.

I picture it: dusk to darkness with only the shadows/outlines of the birds remaining against the darkening sky.

I'm impressed that you chose this bird. This poem is one of your best. It's very much to my liking.



Here is a link to an index of my works on this site: tonyv's Member Archive topic

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  • 4 weeks later...

The same lines called out by Tony also caught my eye. The "shadows from a fire" tested my imagination.

"Words are not things, and yet they are not non-things either." - Ann Lauterbach

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