The Black-Faced Honeycreeper (Hawaii) by Susan Glickman

Poem title: The Black-Faced Honeycreeper (Hawaii) Poet name: Susan Glickman Poem Begins: Rarest bird in the world, you remind me  of chickadees who make the winter merry: black-capped, finch-billed, a fistful of airy fluff. But unlike them you are solitary, hidden on remote Haleakala  in scarlet-flowering trees a hundred feet high whose honey you sip, scanning the blue sky for predators. You can’t see malaria, can’t sense the lack of snails, your favourite diet; still, some instinct chased you here, out of range of pigs and cats. They say that you are strange. They say you are “unusually quiet.” Well, lonely as you are, why would you sing? You pretty thing, pretty thing, pretty thing. End of poem.  Credits:  Copyright © Susan Glickman Previously published in What We Carry (Signal Editions/Vehicule Press, 2019). Susan Glickman is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently “What We Carry” (2019), seven works of fiction for both adults and children, most recently “The Discovery of Flight” (2018), and one work of literary criticism, with a second, “Artful Flight”, due out in spring 2021. She lives in Toronto, where she works as a freelance editor and is learning to paint.