Sparrows on Ossington Avenue by Kevin Irie

Look up.
On the stave of the powerlines,
waiting,
             divided by posts
into measured bars,
sparrows scatter
from wire to wire
like small dark notes
             in an improvised score
composed in flight.

Each landing
             transcribes
a new arrangement
commissioned by sunlight.

The sky written on like manuscript paper
whose fabric,

.               so old,

has worn clear.

 

Copyright © Kevin Irie. Originally published in The Colour of Eden (Owl’s Head Press, 1996).

 

Kevin Irie is a Japanese-Canadian poet who has published in Canada, the States, and England. His poems have been translated into French, Spanish and Japanese. His Viewing Tom Thomson, A Minority Report (Frontenac House) was a finalist for The Toronto Book Award and the Acorn-Plantos People’s Poetry Award. He lives in Toronto.

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