As the rays of the winter sun cross the neighbors’ rooftree to splay on the bedroom blinds, from them are cut the silhouettes of birds, animato con moto, and their kneebends, wing- spreads, and colloquies flitter among the bars of the six lights as bird television. In the middle bedroom where the air-conditioner still has not been removed from the sill, the lengthening days warm the eggs in the nest on its shelf and they hatch to perform the apoggiaturas and twittering tremolos of bird radio. Upstairs before the sliding glass door to the deck the cat crouches, wary, immobile, and intent on the railing and boards soon to boast strutting and fretting and fine feathers. His impatient patience premeditates the parts he will play in bird theater.
PEN New England Discovery Writer and 2020 Pushcart nominee Paula Bonnell has published poems in APR, Rattle, Southern Poetry Review, and dozens more in the U.S., the U.K., India, and Australia. Her four collections are Message, Ciardi Prize winner Airs & Voices, and two chapbooks, Before the Alphabet and tales retold.