A Grackle on a Sunflower
by Andre John Narbonne


A grackle on a sunflower
is a misnomer
pecking summer
seeds—eyes that look out
worldlessly on wizened
frocks of sapped September
leaves. It

has no place,
no home beyond
the to-and-fro of grooming
with a beak of burnished gold. A

butterfly in a sun
storm is a vision
of salvation.

A grackle on a
sunflower is the past.






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