Keeping It Simple

I take the bird on the woodpile,
separate it from its function, feather
by feather. I blow up its scale.
I make a whole life out of it:
everywhere I am, its sense of loitering
lights on my shoulder.

Mary Ruefle, “Keeping It Simple” from memling’s veil, published by University of Alabama Press. Copyright © 1982 by Mary Ruefle. Reprinted by permission of the author.
Source: memling’s veil (The University of Alabama Press, 1982)