after Alfred Starr Hamilton


light plays on the planet
long enough to tell time

the bird tells time by the sundial
the sundial by the bird

time will tell the bird a tale
the sundial’s never heard

a tale as long as the riverbank
from here to the hydroelectric plant

man-o-man, the bird will think
as it sails above the river

the plant is not a plant
the bank is not a bank

the bird alights on a branch
of the river, the bank, a tree

the bird leaves the tree leaves
behind on the stage

of the play it pages through




Photograph © fotologic

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