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Mary Cresswell




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BIRD-WATCHING FROM MY FAMILY TREE

Roaming?
Roaming on a ramble.

My roaming ramble is but a rehearsal.
A quick ramble – a roaming – a rapid rehearsal – and it’s done.
If I redo my roaming ramble, quick and rapid, the rapid
               roaming of the rambled rehearsal will be redone.

Row through the redone rapids in a rehearsed roam.
(But I regress.)

To rehearse a ramble revivifies the rapids, and we roam,
               rotate, romp and ramble as rapidly as rehearsed.
Too rapid the ramble. Rambunctious and rapid.

Remain?
Remain repelled.

Real ravens rejoice in the revels which remain to repeal the ravens.
The remaining ravens regroup, react, and reveal the real.

Rah! rah! rah!

Retain the raven in real time, lest the rainbow ravel.
The rancid rainbow, the real reflection, remains retained.

Ravens rejoice and return to random regurgitation.
Radiance reigns.
Really.



Mary Cresswell is from Los Angeles and lives on New Zealand’s Kapiti Coast. Her newest book, Fish Stories, is based on experiments with ghazals and glosas and is being published by Canterbury University Press in mid-2015.
 
 
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