Spell for a Ruby Crowned Kinglet Nest & Brood
Turn five around and around, nest crowned with cob
and silk. Turn five around and around, nest furred
and tucked in. Turn five around and around, fly east
for pine needles, fly west for feathers from the dead
hawk. Return and weave and tuck and titter. Turn
five around and around against all bad weather.
A Few Lines For Steven K who Died Sober
Somewhere a radio plays “Turn the Page”
and your age comes in clips, synaptic breaks,
so much is lost in the moment
and regained, as only an old man knows how
to experience it: good in reverse, misfortune ahead
like an inevitable sign post, kudzu creeping
across the broad scar of the backroad
you favored once, as a young man in love.