Lisa Dordal, author of Commemorationb(Finishing Line Press), teaches at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.                   

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This is Praying

by Lisa Dordal 04-01-2015
A poem

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You hear a voice speaking
about a bird dragging its dark universe
of feathers across your yard,
and you realize it must be you

telling the boy how you carried its body
beyond the ambit of your dogs.
One eye, round as a coin,
fixing fear upon you, the other,

half shut. How the bird hauled
its body back into your yard,
dying with a will you could only
admire. Am I the bird?, the boy asks.