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first green flare

makes
the air

quiver
and dart

the throat
ache

to call
makes

the heart
cheer

the ear
keen

to the sheer
glorious

windfall
of oriole

veery
vireo

Credit


Copyright © 2015 by Sidney Wade. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on May 11, 2015, by the Academy of American Poets.

About this Poem


“There is that single day, or hour, every year in early spring when the fresh new green leaves are dazzlingly lit from inside. This coincides with the return of the birds. It is ache-making.”
Sidney Wade

Author


Sidney Wade

Sidney Wade is the author of Bird Book (Atelier26 Books, 2017) and Straits & Narrows (Persea Books, 2013). She teaches at the University of Florida and lives in Gainesville, Florida.

Date Published: 2015-05-11

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/first-green-flare