Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Serial Sonnet: Rose-breasted Grosbeak Act Final

To recap the preceding acts:

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

At first I glimpsed the blueprint on its back
—a well-defined rectangular design
in biblical white and systematic black—
and thought it just an artificial spine
on some mechanical contraption made
by engineers intent on miniscule
flights of original—although retrograde—
technology—high-powered by fossil fuel.
But then I saw that vivid patch of red
and knew such logic quite illogical.
Instead, its cold-blooded but spirited
existence was something more than physical—
not really hyperreal, but hypercatalectic—
making a true believer from this footloose skeptic.
~Son Rivers 2005

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