Untitled jisei series by Shirley Plummer


“Untitled jisei series” by Shirley Plummer


Based on Lewis Turco’s Paradigm


have morning birds flown?

still earth under empty sky


do you fear the dark

birds of prey swooping ’round me

circling the death that is near


sweet song of blackbird

plucks at the strings of a harp


my heart cries out at

fledgeling’s wistful entreaty


owl eyes terrorize

alarmed child bursts into tears


our fears are useless

we are born, we live, we die

seek peace between on the way


night birds sing softly

he was gentle, so quiet

I should have known then

when last I lay with my love

to remember everything


to leave quietly

wear slippers and walk away

alone in the night




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Shirley Plummer’s Artist Statement: A wandering native of Oregon finally returned, I long ago published several poems; but now, with support from a wonderful group of writers, I have begun writing and publishing again. I now live on the central Oregon Coast between national forest and ocean. My first collection the task of falling rain appeared March 2016.


Author: A Room of Her Own

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