Cardinal in August

Cardinal in August

Above a rhythmic cadence of crickets
the young cardinal tries his song
one note at a time,
a tentative disruption
of the peaceful pulse.

As darkness yields slowly
to pre-dawn light,
the crickets fade.

The cardinal, more confident,
repeats two
now three,
then four
notes of his song.

This space
and gentle quiet
open to a voice
remarkably coming from him.

In this way
he reveals and repeats
the notes unfolding my memory and sleep
as the dawn yields to the day.

 Detail, Spring with Cardinal (katazome; natural pigments on silk)

Detail, Spring with Cardinal (katazome; natural pigments on silk)