I live in Lyons Township Wisconsin with sandhill cranes and coyotes for neighbors. Finding Wisconsin’s nooks and crannies this past year and a half as Wisconsin Poet Laureate has been a joy and an inspiration for my writing. My most recent book is Apprenticed to Justice. You can find more details about my activities here: https://www.facebook.com/WisPoLo/ and more about my work here: http://www.wisconsinpoetlaureate.org/
The Spirit of Matter
Small nesting box on spindly pole,
solitary and still. This dark shape
cast once against evening sky
once upon the green mirror of water.
Too perfect an image
for the fragile reality of July in America.
My feet whisper past
but cannot leave the dim remembered form.
Now I chance to see it unfold
changing from box to bird
as one squared corner unlocks—
and everywhere phoenix breath is rising.
Soon scissors beak leads head up,
pulled, the small tube of its neck expands
into the infinity of this belief
and legs part
like once the waters of earth
and cast us here to gaze.
Shore birds standing still as matter.
©2016 Kimberly Blaeser