in the hall of the ruby-throated warbler

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Rachael Briggs

in the hall of the ruby-throated warbler

 

      Jenny, sunny Jenny, beige-honey Jenny
      sings the parsley up from the topsoil, Jenny,
      cool tabouleh, hot apple crumble Jenny
      alchemy Jenny

      please, I whispered, teach me the secret whistle
      help me coax the thistledown from the thistle
      perch me on the branch where the goldfinch rustles
      heedless of bristles

      so she bore my heart to the eagle’s aerie
      folded me like down in a twig-tight nestle
      kissed me till my sinews leapt up cat’s cradle
      brain like a beehive

      Jenny, downy Jenny, my treetop lover
      weave me in your goose feather arms forever