My poem, “A Gather of Lesser Goldfinches,” now appears in the Anglican Theological Review 101:4 (Fall 2019), 732.
A GATHER OF LESSER GOLDFINCHES
The lesser goldfinches have come!
They gather in the November colors
of the California maple tree, whistling as they
turn upside down and eat the seeds,
letting black husks fall to the ground
with the dead leaves, crackling.
The gathering of lesser goldfinches
is a magical crown around the maple tree,
gently turning in gyre,
expanding, contracting, singing
that a new life will come—
a new life, a new life, a new life.