J.S. MacLean: How to Write a Birdhouse

marathonlitreview —  February 2, 2014 — Leave a comment

First you need a bird,
keen, and vivid plumed,
(yellow, teal, or sheen,
but any shade will do)
to author it around.
Frame its rhythmic heart
in blueprint figures
based on forms of flight,
crooks of boughs will gable
a roof of polished burl.
Scribe holes to observe
flash of beak or claw,
and hang a mirror
inside for pretty things
to love or fear themselves.

Construct it with craft,
quill scribble call songs
like Colombian
bushes burst in chorus
in dimming afternoons.
J.S. MacLean hails from Calgary, Canada and has been published in a variety of journals in Canada, the U.S., U.K., India, and Australia. These publications include Ice Flow (University of Alaska), Hulltown 360, Literary Review of Canada, The Chimaera, Shit Creek Review, and Bohemia. He has a collection, “Molasses Smothered Lemon Slices” available on amazon.com. In his spare time he works.

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