The Halcyon Bird
Grief lingers on Mother’s birthday like her favourite perfume,
reigniting loss long after she has gone, the day dedicated to
Sinatra and songs that touched her heart.
Like a laser through an open door, chaos comes, green opal
sweeps a flash of light, displaying feathery turquoise top and
tails of electric blue, the
frantic fluttering of a visitor unused to glass panes and walls
persists, until perched high on a sill, hunched up, the kingfisher
surveys the room with onyx, pin top eyes.
A morphing form, compact pompom body, balayage, yellow
and white with long black bill like a workman’s tool, streamlined
Windows and doors are unlocked, flung like arms wide open, allowing
easy exit into vast bush and warm blue sky. The ‘halcyon bird’
ascends bestowing peace.
- ‘halcyon bird’ Greek name for a Kingfisher.
First published Poetica Review (UK) 2022.