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Read Poems by Cyndi MacMillan

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The Palm-Chats of Jalousie, Haiti

                                     After Agnes Krampe 

Upon a lone palm,
they build their communal 
nest —determinedly— but pause
to study the berry-hued
cinder blocks of the hillside 
shanty town, short lives 
stacked on short lives.

One bird watches 
the woman plucking laundry
from a fraying washline
as if shirts were passion fruit
on a vine, as if the vibrant reds
could placate hunger.

Another bird eyes 
several threads unraveling,
temptingly soft,  so close, 
but the woman looks up 
stays the flight as she entreats,  
will you not sing me a new song,
will you never fly me home?

Copyright © Cyndi MacMillan | Year Posted 2017


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  1. Date: 5/20/2017 3:58:00 PM

    I love it, Cyndi! I admire how you are using the birds as subtle commentary on the lives of the humans and how you capture their situations with so few succinct details. I feel honored to think that I in any way inspied you to write this.
  1. Date: 5/20/2017 12:24:00 PM

    This is lovely Cyndi. Succinct and carefully written. You've said a lot in just a few words here. Regards, Dean