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This week’s poem in by Mark Melnicove of Falmouth.


How can you tell

By Mark Melnicove


How can you tell if you are a bluesy bird disguised

as a human, or a human disguised as that bird?


And if you are a human, you might be a ghost

without name or occupation.

But suppose you are for now that bird, one who croons

to be that human dancing on earth.

You will dream to twist from the waist, lift kicks,

and spin to music without falling,


only to watch after the last number

as those ghosts of humans, lighter now,

look up at you in the treetop riffing, slip

on feathers, and soar.


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