SECRETS OF SONGBIRDS
First published in July 2021
No matter how hard you try
ears periscoped to the skies, some secrets are known
only to songbirds.
They hoard the music
of morning deep
in their throats until the sun rubs sleep from his eyes.
Like kids, keeping gobs
of gum, stickers, pebbles in trouser pockets, songbirds
store secrets in their wingtips.
Ghosts of the air, they
follow unseen maps, soar
on thermals, keeping knowledge of flight to themselves, secret
as their morning song-sheets.