Colloquy of Sparrows
Published: September 19th, 2016
Within: Delphi Series Vol. 3
Aaron Bauer is a Pushcart-nominated poet and educator living in Colorado. He received his MFA from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. His work has appeared in Prism Review, Blue Lyra Review, Poemeleon and others. He has served as Editor for Permafrost and is a Contributing-Editor for PoemoftheWeek.org.
Requiem for the Starlings
for Jake Adam York
They have taken great care in shattering the starlings
like cheap clay sculptures under railroad spikes.
Their murmuration freezing in mid-flight.
Then, a black branch under the weight of its own fruit, falling.
It was the starlings who took the time to teach
the sparrows their songs and whom the sparrows
thanked with no thanks, locking up the starlings’ carols
in their ivory-leafed trees, out of the starlings’ reach.
But the starlings’ song continues to flower,
in the fields, in the air, in the middle of everything
like children who find new ways of joyously failing
to remain silent and passive at the prescribed hour
or protesters under a fire hose’s prodding mist:
the right song finds a voice even when dismissed.