"The Three-Minute Robin's Egg" by Hunter Madsen

"The Three-Minute Robin's Egg"

 
  

"Birds Punctuate the Days"
by Joyce Clement

apostrophe
the nuthatch inserts itself
between feeder and pole

semicolon
two mallards drifting
one dunks for a snail

ellipses
a mourning dove
lifts off

asterisk
a red-eyed vireo catches
the crane fly midair

comma
a down feather
bobs between waves

exclamation point
wren on the railing
takes notice

colon
mergansers paddle toward
morning trout swirl

em dash

at dusk a wild goose
heading east

question mark
the length of silence
after a loon’s call

period
one blue egg all summer long
now gone

  

TITLE - "The Three-Minute Robin's Egg"
WHERE - Port Moody, British Columbia (2017)