(Photo: Juan Tello/Flickr Creative Commons)

A Little Brown Bird
Just landed on my windowsill.
Thought about coming in.
Bent her head, looked around. Looked
at my string of paper butterflies,
looked at me, then out
at the tree, flew to a branch.
Made the branch dance.
The leaves went crazy.
My heart did too.
A little brown bird.
Did all that.


Julia Klatt Singer writes poetry and short stories, and is a coauthor of Twelve Branches: Stories from St. Paul (Coffee House Press). She works as a visiting writer in the schools through COMPAS, and hasn’t found a river yet that she doesn’t want to cross.


Bird photo courtesy of Juan Tello. Browse Juan’s photostream on Flickr.

Posted in: Poetry
Tagged: 2011, birds