How to Write a Warbler

Hard to follow a warbler in these woods harder even so to write one. Still yourself on a log when the other poets have settled in blink and slide your eyes after canopy flits  

        – flit   –    twitter     


                                                          chip                                                             twee-


                                      just                                 the                                                           wa



ey                                                                                 do

                   mo                             ve                                                  bounce,                                       and 


*Yellow-rumped warbler in Cass County, Iowa on May 1st. Photo by Troy Soderberg. Prose poem by Jack Phillips.