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Issue # 2 September 2010
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Austin Alexis


The Magpie

suggested by the Monet painting


Does the bird merely sit on the fence
or does it attempt to press the structure,
shove it toward the snow?
Perhaps it wants to lift the wood spokes up,
up in a crow-soar over the ice-heavy landscape.

The creature's stillness propels its shadow
across the frozen expanse.
But the shadow is petite,
wielding no dominion over naked branches,
stray logs or the general barrenness:
this lovely desolation that exerts its song
without a magpie's cries.