Allison Adelle Hedge Coke

(1958 / Texas)

Redwing Blackbird - Poem by Allison Adelle Hedge Coke

Feet firmly perch
thinnest stalks, reeds, bulrush.
Until all at once, they attend my
female form, streaked throat, brownness.

Three fly equidistant
around me, flashing.
Each, in turn, calls territorial
trills, beckons ok-a-li, ok-a-li!

Spreads his wings, extends
inner muscle quivering red
epaulet bands uniquely bolden.

Turn away each suitor,
mind myself my audience.
Select another to consider,
He in turn quiver thrills.

Leave for insects.
Perhaps one male follows.
Maybe a few brood of young,
line summertime.

Silver Maple samaras
wing wind, spread clusters
along with mine, renewing Prairie.

As summer closes, I leave
dragonflies, damselflies, butterflies,
mosquitoes, moths, spiders, crickets for

grain, see, Sunflower;
join thousands to flock Sky—
grackles, blackbirds, cowbirds, starlings—
Swarming like distant smoke clouds, rising.


Comments about Redwing Blackbird by Allison Adelle Hedge Coke

  • Norah Tunney (4/2/2016 7:30:00 AM)

    A wonderful sense of aliveness in this poem
    I particularly love the second verse
    Thanks Allison
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Poem Submitted: Saturday, April 2, 2016



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