Purple Finch


Purple Finch


At last! The light is right,
and you, from within the high branches

of a bare tree,
look directly down at me.

I can see that you’re no Cassein’s finch
with a white eye ring – no! Here you are, aglow

your head in a raspberry hood,
so bright, so good.

But where is your mate today,
the sweet one who wears gray? 

(I am looking for her, too. Tell her
to come next time, yes – with magical you!)

Jane Beal


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