CALLING PHOEBE

Male Black-capped Chickadee, 25 april
Calling Phoebe/ Sara Lynne Puotinen

Hello? Hello.
Absent, empty. Hiding inside.
Let’s do nothing—slow down,
down size. Repent, remake,
rethink, reprise. Break out.
Break up. Destroy. Cut ties.
Hello? Hello? Hello? Listen.
Breathe deep. Be wise. Uncoil, unwind.
Loosen tight jaws.
Relax tired eyes.
Sink in. Shut down.
Good-bye? Good-bye?