Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Holy Dimension

The cascading call
of the Canyon Wren

kept urging my words
to form into lines
to echo the sound;

but the clear notes
from this small brown bird,

at first suspended,
then falling through
the shapeless air,

were so pure,
so full of grace;

it was impossible
to transcribe his song,
sung from the echoing space
of clear canyon air,

onto these pages;
flat, white,
and hungry for words,

impossible to honor
this holy dimension.
© 2017 Richard Havenga

Play the call of the Canyon Wren from Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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