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Pattullo Bridge by Janet Kvammen (with permission) © 2021

Locking eyes with a perched crow is a transference of bird’s-eye-view,

the binocular reconciling of separate frames in one image,

side windows for each wing flying silhouette against racing cloud

at the stoop of sky, old bridge straddles peripheral shores

for winged traveler’s 4-claw swagger padding steel

tail-feather tilt and head cocked lording the view in oversight

pivoting the vista — stealing it —  while the bridge’s senior bones

hold still, so long in one shape, the view rapidly changing


Written in September 2021 in response to corvid-hearted local artist Janet Kvammen’s photo of the Pattullo Bridge.


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