Cardinal in August

Cardinal in August

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

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

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.