What lies within
The sweet fragility of the sparrow is like a soul
fluttering about the branches of a spring yet to come
its little heart beating at the speed of impatience
seeking a safe place to avoid the predatory giant.
She finds solace behind the burgeons to the approach
of a future she was almost resigned to forget
but there is an enchanting perfume below the surface
seeping with the amber nectar nearing a final explosion.
A timid song emerges from the minute chest
and its fire resumes with the electricity of the infinite
the source found at the very end of the universe
she swallows a gasp in unison with the rebirth of the world.
A hand reaches between the fibers, tickling the intimacy
of the unsuspecting bundle of so many little dreams
now will begin the long flight to a great many dawns
flowing upon a never-ending melody born within.
Fabrice Poussin teaches French and English at Shorter University. Author of novels and poetry, his work has appeared in Kestrel, Symposium, The Chimes, and many other magazines. His photography has been published in The Front Porch Review, the San Pedro River Review as well as other publications.