The Poetry of Ellin Anderson


GHOST CARDINAL

Ellin Anderson
 

Jinky is free he rattles through my dreams
And, unencumbered by his iron cage,
Confronts me in my bed.  My frantic screams
Unlock the burden of a songbird's rage,

Deprived of leafy nights beneath the stars,
And berries by the roadside no escape
From his small universe of perch and bars,
And my great-grandma, dressed in inky crepe.

Oh bonny bird, why do you haunt my sleep?
You glare down at your prey within the brook
In churchman's guise; I shudder when you cheep,
Your eyes are lasers, and I cannot look

Upon the coals of Hell they've painted red
The living eat the sinning of the dead.
 

2008 by Ellin Anderson. All rights reserved.
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Wassail Song
Veleda
Cinderella
The Rooster at Midsummer
Liberty Enlightens the People

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The Goldfinch
Three Bears
Song of the Lily
White Tree at Twilight
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