Feather in Bas-Relief

By Allen Edwin Butt
Words without much use
now. Unable to remake
the thing. And I thought

what should I think—
followed by: spring light looks
like feathers. (Birds

seemed conveniently
decorous.) What then
does this leave I asked

& was surprised to know
so quickly—that my understanding
of what the light & birds

could not be made to mean
would not detract
from them as they

were. Bound by feathers
(a thought, I will admit,
born of artifice alone)

they bore themselves aloft.
What could I counter with?
I, who held my heart

in offering as much for
show as for a fear so deep
I found I couldn't name it.

Source: Poetry (January 2009).

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This poem originally appeared in the January 2009 issue of Poetry magazine

January 2009
 Allen Edwin Butt

Biography

Allen Edwin Butt is a student at Presbyterian College and an alumnus of the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. His work has appeared in Poetry and Meridian.

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SUBJECT Living, Disappointment & Failure, Nature, Animals

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