Potentialities of the Bird


It pushes like a bird you dont know whether it’s dead or alive. But you know it occupies space. Like a napkin used to soak up a wine spill, fallen to the floor, lying like a dead or dying or simply stunned bird. (That has just flown into a window.) Perhaps a cardinal or scarlet tanager with snow on it. Or a bleeding egret, or a tropic bird with the setting sun glazing it like dried blood. Or even a drunken owl. It pushes into my consciousness, which is all that remains of the ruins of love and beauty.


You might say the commerce that capitalists make of the moon has nothing to do with my art. But you would be mistaken. The moon is worth every man woman and child. I capitalize on all their dreams, knowing most of those dreams are dreamed under the moon. All dreams, of day or night, have either the moon’s smile or its shadow upon them. And all dreamers eclipse the sun even if it awakens them. Just as all dreamers—all visionaries artists crazies outsiders—yearn to bask in its illumination.


It pushes like a mother giving birth into a new world of light every moment. Whether it’s a bird, an airplane, or Superman, stricken and immobile or flying like a ghost of its former self, depends on the angle of light from sun and moon. A lunar eclipse paints the day lily’s cheeks in shades paler than those a solar eclipse sheds on chrysanthemums. But the flowers only foreshadow the bird’s reflection in a window that will stun if not transfigure it. If shadowless death throws it to the ground of nonbeing where reflections are mute—not to say moot—it will still be inside the spherical music replete with lemons and tangerines of the poet’s harvest.

4 thoughts on “Potentialities of the Bird”

  1. Hi Randolph, I met you at the Tucson poetry festival. I’ve been enjoying reading your works – thank you


    • Yes, I remember you, Cyd. Thanks so much for your kind remarks. I’ve kind of been ignoring the blog for the past several months, but I intend to get back to it soon. Been working on a poetry collection called “A Night to Live Through” that I intend to publish independently in early September. Take care, hope all’s well!

  2. Glad to know you’re working on another poetry collection, good job! I am working on my first chap book – a collection of Nature poems.via LuLu press – self publishing, Do you have any suggestions or helpful tips for self publishing beginners? I have now written over 500 poems, a few have been published in mags and or random blogs. I have only been writing poems for a couple of years, so am fairly new to this and am always looking to learn things. Thank you and I hope you have a lovely day.


    • A couple of friends of mine published independently through Lulu. I dont know if they’ve changed, but back then they had little to no telephone support, so one had to be pretty tech-savvy to go w/ them. If you run into insurmountable problems, give Createspace.com a try. I guess the only tip I might have for indies (I prefer the term “independently published” to “self-published”) is—and I speak from experience—dont rush into it. Make as sure as you can your final proof is the best your book can be before you hit the publish button. My first book I rushed and found myself putting out a new edition of it the next year. I was just wishing I could take back all the copies of the first edition I’d given to friends! (Some of them I gave the new edition to.) My only other suggestion is that if poetry’s your bag you read as much contemporary poetry as you can. Be independent, be original, but dont write in a vacuum! I invite you to address further correspondence to emptyskypress@comcast.net. Take care and good luck w/ your literary endeavors.

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