May/June 2019 • Vol. XLI No. 3 Nature’s NatureMay 1, 2019 |

Doctrine of that Bird Once Worshipped on the Shore

Houston, August 31, 2017 A marsh bird coasts over the traffic light flashing red, and hovering farther out, a helicopter stalls, its own version of hummingbird, its thin feeding tube an invisible line opening communication to the whole watching world, to the empire opposite this city under water, now slowly emergent (more resilient opportunities, they’ll say), a new century perhaps of not-wars, anti-epic, no rush to make ground buckle and subdued beneath concrete, rebar, asphalt, glass. Here at the mouth of the ship channel, we know the color of that sky, and what makes it. For this is the feathered-hour of going or returning, when white wings appear folded into bronze, gold, the phoenix like commerce tethered to its laws.

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Paul Otremba is the author of the poetry collection The Currency, published by Four Way Books. His poems and criticism have appeared in such places as New England Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Washington Post, Poetry Daily, Tikkun, and American Poets in the 21st Century: The New Poetics.

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