the bird-clock. sunrise 04.30. mid-may.
03.00 (redstart): the story of your father
is buried deep in the earth.
03.10 (robin): this earth will be shovelled out of you.
03.15 (blackbird): everyone you have ever loved has gone
to the place where they no longer are.
03.20 (wren): and the flashlights that dazzle
your eyes momentarily are all grinning.
03.30 (cuckoo): and the dear little stars are
humming wecannotwecannotwecannotgiveyouit –
03.40 (great tit): behind the storm is a storm.
03.50 (chiffchaff): behind the star is a star.
04.00 (chaffinch): I walk through my city and it’s
not my city I’m walking through.
04.20 (house sparrow): I think of myself and it’s
not me that’s thinking of myself.
04.40 (starling): the winter which makes my bed for the sleep
in which I bed down to sleep.
a certain degree of brightness signals to birds when to awaken. this
degree of brightness can be so precisely determined that
in the early part of the year one can set one’s alarm by a songbird’s call.