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The Poet's Corner



I push everything I know off to the side.

For a moment I watch these two predators,

fiddling and flapping, bracing on thick branches; letting go

in the stiffening foliage of my ash tree.

It’s November. They are black as Syrian oil.

I listen to their dialog. Caw resonates deep in the gullet.

Like the ruffle of shuffling playing cards, it starts slow,

punctuated by the final fan-slap as the last card folds the deck,

then the quiet roulette of dealer’s hands.

I imagine what they might’ve said: Passion,

a bargain? Scolding or rolled eyes over chores,

divvying seed? Who was wrong…who was right?

“Caw,” is the end of a sentence.

I do not Bird, but in this

aging moment, I wish I did.

One to the other over the fussing

and how significant or not,

it would all mean in the end.

I wonder if I could learn Raven,

a dialect of Bird, one of thousands,

perhaps, tens or hundreds of thousands.

No. Millions. And if I could begin –

even just begin, nothing more for now.

To understand, what new worlds?

“Ravens” is part of “Late Snow and Hellebore” Melinda Rizzo’s first full-length book of poetry, published in 2019 by Kelsay Books and available on Amazon, along with an animated reading of Pushcart Prize nominated “Ravens.” She is a longtime reporter, writer and poet, and the editor and features writer for Area Guide to Homes & Gardens, the weekly home, garden and real estate section of Bucks County Herald.

Poet’s Corner is curated by Bucks County Poet Laureate Tom Mallouk and supported by a grant to the Bucks County Herald Foundation made possible by Marv and Dee Ann Woodall.