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Dove Call


by Mathew Paust


The Mourners took advantage of the

unexplained mockingbird silence this morning

filling the emptiness with their sad sweet coaxing

ooowee ooos

and I saw one of them calling


Her tail pumped on each oo

soloing on a high wire

throwing her voice into the distant trees where

it pretended to originate. With any other bird's tail lifting thus

you get the hell out from under


I had to grow older to understand the spelling

of what were mystery morning performers for a child who

heard them calling youuuuuu oowee ooooo oo oo oooooo

the child still hears them calling thus

spelling be damned

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