Dave Gardner – Aviary Sonnet

Dave Gardner

Aviary Sonnet

for Ellen Redbird


snowmelt petal or
pigeon wing
                      furls a black thread
which held the crane—
arch in sitting window

red hair thick or
a lighter crest

under the brim needlepoint
maple leans a double knot
pocket of pills
by chilled muddy basin

never washes out
of tied up fabric slope

for tigers
never drown

 

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