Small Talk

Small Talk

In the foothills by the one road
leading up a mockingbird leaps

into shortlived flight from grass to low
branches: on its fully extended wings

the white wing markings meet
into a lowercase “o” which is

the foothills’ song: quiet
unmarked and not to be mocked

8 thoughts on “Small Talk

  1. andreakbeltran

    I love how the couplets and shorter, enjambed lines work to mirror the leaping of the mockingbird within the poem. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Jeff Schwaner Post author

      Thanks! With the Mei Yao-ch’en sequence, enjambment is at a premium because of the style I am trying to emulate. So it’s good to reach out beyond that here with the line breaks here.

  2. Chris

    I was too quick on the return key — I meant to write, “I love how this one builds to the final couplet.”


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