Adrienne Rich





For an Anniversary

The wing of the osprey lifted
over the nest on Tomales Bay
into fog and difficult gust
raking treetops from Inverness Ridge on over
The left wing shouldered into protective
gesture the left wing we thought broken

and the young beneath in the windy nest
creaking in their hunger
and the tides beseeching, besieging
the bay in its ruined languor


spoken = Karen Marek