Along the snowy patches of field,
Almost blue in their cold whiteness,
I find a wooden bench and sit
To retie my weary shoelaces.
As the chilled wind tightens around my ears,
Lifting lightly at strands of my hair,
I notice a single cardinal, warbling and
Shuffling through the twigs and crystal ground.
I decide to draw a pen from my coat pocket
And a rolled cylinder of pages
To write of his ragged beauty, the deep red
Of his feathers, the drop of ink around his beak.
We keep company between us for a while,
He beneath the veil of a cherry blossom,
I on my wooden bench,
Sharing this large plot of blanketed earth as I
Jot down the detail of his eyes,
Aimed steadily toward the thaw of spring
When the warm winds will cry out from hibernation
And awaken us both from sleep.
I look up from my paper and nod as
The cardinal turns the corner of our little spot in the park,
Raises his patient eyes into the grey air,
And leaps into the frost, soaring into the future
Of years and years of sunlight
As I stand to walk some more.