Illustrative Return

I noticed the geese flying because their wings were silent,

Copyright by DM Denton 2012

Copyright by DM Denton 2012

their thoughts out loud,

direction unchanged,

destination in question,

frozen over with winter

their signposts

for spring:

necessity,

expectation,

instinct,

inevitability.

Or was belief all they needed?

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Copyright 2013 by DM Denton

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Migration

It is almost spring
and I have just come home,
having just been there,
like those black-necked geese
flying home to home.

Canada Goose

There the robin had arrived
clumsy and bold-breasted
on the last snow
that came
like the first.

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Here the robin stayed
small and poised
to see the winter through—
this bare, green winter
that would’ve been even longer
without it.

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The doves welcomed me back,
side by side in the open sway of the lilac.

collared doves

The blackbird teased with its company;
so often my only company.

Blackbird





This is some old writing, the opening pages of a journal I did while living in England, written after returning from a visit to the States. I offer it for all those who have, at some time, experienced being transplanted in one way or another.


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