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Young, George, 1938- / Bird of paradise: poetry
(2011)

At Bosque del Apache,   p. 30


Page 30

At Bosque del Apache
(for Peg)
Here
on a tree stripped down to its black wires
a hundred yellow-headed blackbirds
jostle,
each
spaced exactly three inches apart, each
facing the setting sun-for an instant
that tree
as full
of gold lights as Christmas. Then all
lift off, swirling away, a black flock
driving out
over a plowed
field, settling down between the furrows,
leaving the struck tree in the wind-
polished sky.
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