Another Oldie: Uccello

Due to planned festivities, I’ll not have time for regular updates this week. Instead, I’m reposting some favorites. The following was first posted in January 2014.

Originally published in 1987 in a short-lived publication called The Balcones Review, “Uccello” is the opening of a longer work. Today, as I look out my window at that same tree, I hear the birds, no longer silent.

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Uccello

the wind is what
the stillness
desires to say
each instant
collapsing into itself
like a bud
returning
to the seed

listen
the birds in my tree
are silent
as echoes
before their brief
lives are
silent

something thrashes
in the leaves
the feather
spiraling
slowly
is not only what
it is

as the candle
is more
than flame
or a moment

curling
to darkness

the question
is of clarity

I built a frame
but placed
nothing in it

the wind
blows through
quietly as if
between silences
there exists
only silence or

light
the familiar embrace

unfolding

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The formatting isn’t right, so I’ve provided a pdf of how the poem should look. It might be interesting to compare the two.

Uccello pdf

23 thoughts on “Another Oldie: Uccello

  1. Time stood still when I read this, although the formatting issue is a gripe of mine too because the aesthetic physical qualities of a poem are tangible. Wonderful in the pdf. Sublime!

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  2. I could feel this, but the original format (pdf) is like being inside each element of the poem. (I do like that idea of attaching a pdf.) I like how the “empty” frame is as much an element as any other in the scene.

    Yes, formatting is frustrating. I’ve copied a line from one of my poems that had the format I wanted, only to have the editor change it as soon as it was saved.

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