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after James Wright


A cardinal bounces from the young rose bush

Amanda planted last year to the privacy fence


between us and the cul-de-sac of townhouses

and duplexes. It blends with those hesitant


blooms, that sky of cool blood.

The backyard teems with life,


patches of green growth and bulbs

and unsure wood bees, birdsong and


the calcified remains of leaves

I left through the winter,


and if I have not fully wasted my life

then I have certainly left a rocky trail


littered with unopened flower buds, drops

of plasma from thorns, dead branches


never pruned. If only for unbroken wings,

if only for a few hops and flaps and then the top


of the fence and then beyond, if only for my boys

watching from the porch through binoculars.

ON THE BACK STOOP AS SPRING ARRIVES IN LEXINGTON KENTUCKY

ON THE BACK STOOP AS SPRING ARRIVES IN LEXINGTON KENTUCKY

Sean L Corbin

Author Bio: Sean L Corbin is the author of THE LEPER DREAMS OF SNOW (Finishing Line, 2018). He's gotten work in some places. He and his wife run the Milestone Art Collective--art, workshops, tomfoolery. Ale-8 is the clearly superior elixir, but sometimes you just need a Mountain Lightning or a goddamn Mr. Q Cumber. Find him at milestoneartcollective.com

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