• Sam Baker

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving


a flight of red wing black birds explodes

from the ground to cool November air

sounding like a million heartbeats

of frantic lifting

leaping black bodies

wings flashing cadmium red and cadmium yellow

beneath a winter sky of low slow moving clouds

in all values of gray

layered like wedding cake

above a twisted river

bright as polished silver

frozen in time

like family silverware

awaiting a feast


photograph

harvest