Today's poem is by June Jordan


When I came back after a few days away
my return terrified a huge
marsh hawk
his new nest next to my front door
Twice that happened:
He explodes with a powerful shuffling
of feathers
aimed in a 45-degree angle that leads
to the sky above the sea
If I go away again
(big as he is)
I wonder which one of us will be

the more surprised?

Copyright © 2005 June Jordan All rights reserved
from Directed by Desire
Copper Canyon Press
Reprinted by Verse Daily® with permission

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