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(2011) The Underworld - Bryan

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    The Underworld When I lived in the foothills birds flocked to the feeder: house finches, goldfinches, skyblue lazuli buntings, impeccably dressed chickadees,
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      The Underworld

      When I lived in the foothills
      birds flocked to the feeder:

      house finches, goldfinches,
      skyblue lazuli buntings,

      impeccably dressed chickadees,
      sparrows in work clothes, even

      hummingbirds fastforwarding
      through the trees. Some of them

      disappeared after a week, headed
      north, I thought, with the sun.

      But the first cool day
      they were back, then gone,

      then back, more reliable
      than weathermen, and I realized

      they hadn't gone north at all,
      but up the mountain, as invisible

      to me as if they had flown
      a thousand miles, yet in reality

      just out of sight, out of reach—
      maybe at the end of our lives

      the world lifts that slightly
      away from us, and returns once

      or twice to see if we've refilled
      the feeder, if we still remember it,

      or if we've taken leave
      of our senses altogether.

      - Sharon Bryan
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