Poems by Caroline Sulzer

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Whatever Powers

by Caroline Sulzer

From Canary Fall 2014

Caroline lives in coastal Maine, within walking distance of Patten Bay, on a small wooded peninsula in the town of Surry, which is part of the Maine Coastal watershed.

All summer and fall I read
slowly and did not finish
a book about a small bird.

I know how it ends.
And so like whatever powers
chose NASA as the winner
of that marshland
once the sparrow’s

I open other tomes
new twists of plot
drawn to the unknown
so as not to land
at the Dusky’s end.

Still, the turn of any page
this morning sounds
a lot like a bird not singing.




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