song sparrow
The song sparrow


Rainy day
          In the silence
         yellow warblers
and wild canaries
                  Bushes in bloom
                  Japanese quince

A lawn full of dandelions
Two rows of lettuce
         sown today
I get song sparrows
northern yellow-throats

From the kitchen
casement window
         I see fireflies at night
The shade of the Sugar Maple
                  is a blessing

                  one of many

John Lyons

The above poem draws data from two letters written by Lorine Niedecker to Louis Zukofsky.