We’re out of love again and wandering
with other birdwatchers over the cedar shakes,
spying on spring nesting sites where great
migrations end and settle into familiar patterns
of rearing and weaning.
Seabirds are climate change prisoners. Our inaction makes us the executioners.
The mergansers fly so close to the surface
their feet could touch it, banking up
from gray waves to paler sky
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Still, we wait for sounds of plumage
in this world even angels shun.
He has flown headfirst against the glass
and now lies stunned on the stone patio,
nothing moving but his quick beating heart.
People often ask me, “What can one person do?” And I say, “Stop being one person.”
an emptiness, too, in the bright
flicker of a cardinal on my back fence
Cynosure, gravid, pabulum–
just three of the many
I’d been lucky enough to glimpse
in the last few days.
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Our human ability to learn language slows down as we get older, but scientists are not sure how or why this happens. An unexpected way to understand this learning process might come from listening to birds sing.