Today's poem is by Hailey Leithauser


No stirring song was
ever sung about

him. Poets left us
mean detail, forgot

each meticulous
feather's measured knot,

each bowed wing's cautious
bending, tidy strut's

fixed, fastidious
conduct; forgot route

vouching blind sea, fuss
with veer, drop; forgot

each prudent excess,
strict, passionate doubt.

Copyright © 2004 Hailey Leithauser All rights reserved
from New Orleans Review
Reprinted by Verse Daily® with permission

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