Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Mourning Dove

Calmly
the mourning dove calls
waiting for an answer
she calls again
Her coo is poignant—
at times it seems happy—
sometimes it seems hollow or pained.

Idly, I wonder about her mate
afraid to find his
gray feathers
strewn about
and he will be gone.

To my relief his call comes
distant, from the east
and she answers,
echoing
certainly.

Marsha Salerno April 2009

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