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Joyce Clement

Joyce Clement was born and raised in upstate New York. She is the author of Beyond My View (Endionpress, 2011), which received a 2012 Merit Book Award from the Haiku Society of America. Clement serves as a director of the Haiku Circle in Northfield, Massachusetts. She lives in central Connecticut.

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Birds Punctuate the Days

apostrophe
the nuthatch inserts itself
between feeder and pole
 

semicolon
two mallards drifting
one dunks for a snail
 

ellipses
a mourning dove
lifts off
 

asterisk
a red-eyed vireo catches
the crane fly midair
 

comma
a down feather
bobs between waves
 

exclamation point
wren on the railing
takes notice
 

colon
mergansers paddle toward
morning trout swirl
 

em dash
at dusk a wild goose
heading east
 

question mark
the length of silence
after a loon’s call
 

period
one blue egg all summer long
now gone