Sparrow and Mockingbird Greet the Dawn

by Mathew Paust

A startling chip!

whip-crack so near

it tickles the hairs in my ear

a couple more

wakes the nearby songbird

Then I, too, see the feathered waves of tangerine peach

edging shyly into the lucid blue above the towering crown

of the pine down Sunday-empty Main by the old Walker house

Synchronized in Sol salute

this odd duet segues soon

to intraspeciel courtship

but now it's chip!...doodlytweedlyeedledeeddly...


Baton taps, and arpeggios fill the air

rests noted, observed until

baton taps, arpeggios trill