The coppery Thrasher and the modest Catbird
and the Mockingbird that carries the family name
from the gravel to the treetops flashing
its white-banded coat of arms
are poets in the same aristocratic style
with more or less extravagance

The common western Meadowlark
and its eastern immigrant twin
distinguish themselves
by a long drawn fiddling arpeggiato
and a shy inquisitive sweep,
the homesteader and the migrant worker
sharing the wide Kansas prairie


About Greg Bryant

I teach writing and literature at Highland Community College in northeast Kansas.
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1 Response to Families

  1. bryon says:

    What incredibly rich language! This is a poem for people who enjoy reading poetry aloud. In that, it evokes the birds themselves, who do not keep their songs in their heads. These things are meant to be expressed to the world.

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