Birding – A Poem by Tina Mozelle Braziel

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Where lichen blooms green on the hickory.
Where an unblinking rabbit hunches

in his burrow. Where dried hydrangeas
and broom sedge rustle in the breeze.

I watched you carry an armload of oak
through the uphill brush and stack

the rounds in the wood cradle.
When the red hawk unfurled his cry

between bare branches, your eyes
lifted and your lips parted. I saw you

breathe in his longing. Watched it
unfold, flowering within your chest.

From Rooted by Thirst – A chapbook by Tina Mozelle Braziel.

About the Poet:
Tina Mozelle Braziel, a graduate of the University of Oregon MFA program in poetry, directs the Ada Long Creative Writing Workshop at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her poetry has or will appear in The Cincinnati Review, Southern Humanities Review, Tampa Review, and other journals. Her chapbook, Rooted by Thirst, was published by Porkbelly Press. She and her…

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. GreenCaret says:

    Wow. That’s lovely! Thanks for sharing it.


    1. Impossible not to, considering the conjunction of one poetry and birding. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it.

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  2. Thank you so much for sharing my poem. What a thrill to find it here!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I’m glad you found it, and brought it to my attention again! Lovely piece. My youngest so, Micah and I are on a bit of a birding and writing retreat. We’re working on poems in our hotel right now because it’s pouring rain outside. Delightful kismet to get this notification today. 🙂 Thank you!


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