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Animal Art

October 31, 2017

Animal Art

There aren’t four seasons; there are fifty-two,  

and color and light’s changes mark that time.

Not seen enough of birds with light shot through

their over-hanging feathers, fierce like rhyme

that gets you in the gut. It’s true I find

most things that grow and dance and die are sure

of little. En masse, we commit the crime

of brush and sculpture, shaping metaphor

from where there was but clarity before.

This January to the height of June

is not the only contrast anymore:

there come dry evenings and morning monsoons.

The soggy songbird sings the sunlight in,

then dusky cat eyes paint it gone again.

Anna Autilio is an environmental educator at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science. Anna's poetry has appeared in Rainy Day, The Fine Line, Silver Blade Magazine, and Sharkpack Poetry Review. Find more on Twitter @swivelandjess.

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