Black-Capped Chickadee: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Adam Clay

                                                           after Tracy K. Smith

I hear its song before I see it,know it's here in the forestbefore it knows I'm hereor maybe my ear dragssomething larger, somethingheavier from the sky to mybrain seeking its sense? Whateverburns out also sings out, makesa noise I stir like a fire now as audibleas the color of chalk or a thoughtthat taunts dully before sleep. Becausethey fly, the birds strike bordersin the sky we can't see. I'll returnto this moment later in life dozensof times. The heat of the daygristles and glistens to light.

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Adam Clay

Adam Clay’s latest collection is To Make Room for the Sea (Milkweed Editions, 2020). He edits Mississippi Review and directs the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi.

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