Sunday, June 28, 2009

POEM: On News That Scientists Are Studying Why Songbirds Sing

In the news today
There is a report abouts scientists
Who study why songbirds sing.

They have discovered complex
Harmonic arrangements
Between birds that were previously
Only thought possible between humans.

They explore the spontaneity
of music between two birds
So we might learn what role song has in our lives.
I know what this is but there is no science.

When they complete the study,
When they have dissected every colorful note
And willful plea of the buoyant songbirds -
Then what?

Will it still sound like sunlight?
Will it still feel like broken glass catching the light
Against cool morning air, even in the dimness?

Where does the miraculous go to die
or at the very least, get forgotten?


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