nighthawks and goatsuckers, the sleepy respirations of the forest,
and the owl that asks first for a name,
then leaves its spar
and spreads a silence
so vast and immobile
you can hear whole migrations inside it,
the swoons, the plummets, the bland ascensions
Robert Wrigley's books include Earthly Meditations: New & Selected Poems, Lives of the Animals, Reign of Snakes, and the forthcoming Beautiful Country. He teaches in the graduate writing program at the University of Idaho.
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