Solstice in Truro

Teaching term done, I keep my laptop shut
A chill in the air runs under weak June sun
Chickadee warbler catbird waxwing—
Morning migrant songs drowned by bulldozer next door
The backing up beeping a constant one note feed
From far off, boundless tides crest onto restless sand
How my grandfather made his way, a refugee from Kyiv
How the new war gathers and opens his voice in me

Copyright © 2023 by Joshua Weiner. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on December 13, 2023, by the Academy of American Poets.