Goldfinch Variations

photo-gordon-langsbury1.jpgGoldfinch Variations
I have affinity for birdsong
otherworldly though it be…
a peacock’s shrieking promenade,
or owl’s chill whooo at dusk.
No matter.
I plant sunflowers…
to lure mockingbirds
whose themes and variations
will lull me through long nights.
I hang thistle seed from branches
so goldfinches will charm me
with avian libretti through blue-sky summer days.
They trill a foreign language
between the house and barn,
and chirp choruses from pine boughs
as I…silent and earth-grounded…
savor purchased company.

Bonnie Marshall