Riehlife Poem of the Day: Stephen Kuusisto “The Mockingbird on Central”

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The Mockingbird on Central
for Connie
by Stephen Kuusisto
Only Bread, Only Light

This bird who lands in the oak tree
Is both a comedian and a natural fact:

In a hundred-years house
We awaken to a sweet thing,

A motor of avian laughter
Ten feet from our curtain.

This is fortune. He sings “La Paloma,”
“Wiener Bonbons,”

L’heure exquise,
Noel Coward, Tonight at 8:30.

What precocity, a bird half the size
Of an Anjou pear

Who flirts like Galli-Curci,
Shows off like Caruso,

And all from an oak branch
Swaying above our porch.

O how he brags at 3 a.m.!
O how he imitates the happiness of others!

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