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This poem was submitted for the "Poetry for the Mind's Joy" project and is reproduced here with permission from the author. All rights reserved. Poetry for the Mind's Joy is Poet Laureate Kay Ryan's project that includes a community college poetry contest administered by the Community College Humanities Association and a lively videoconference.

I see the little red bird
On my window sill,
A startling presence.

For a time

The bird sits
Framed in my window,
A red spot against a white scene.

For a time

The world outside
Is reflected in his feathers,
Glowing crimson.

For a time

He begins to share a soft tune
Meant only for me;
An audience of one.

For a time

I allow myself
To be mesmerized
By the melody.

For a time

I am immersed in the song,
Drowning
In the sound.

For a time

I imagine
That every pitch, each tune
Is meant for me.

For a time

Nothing can touch me, I fly away
With the notes of the red bird’s song
Carrying me,

For a time

And then I shut the window.

Monroe County Community College, Monroe, MI
Faculty Contact: Vinnie Maltese, Acting Dean of Humanities/Social Sciences