As I walk through springtime woods,
I cup my ear to a thicket
And hear the half notes of young birds
Scattered through the trees,
All the murmuring from nests:
I will see, I will sing, I will fly
Midway up a cherry tree,
I find three newly-hatched robins
And return to them each day
To watch their feathers unfurl
Their wings unfold, their bodies stretch,
To watch them preen, flutter, spill from the nest
As I contemplate the beauty of forward motion.
Paula Weld-Cary’s poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and has appeared in many journals such as Nimrod, Slab, Main Street Rag, Atlanta Review, Southern Humanities Review, Portland Review, and Cream City Review. She lives and writes in Rochester, New York.