Quarantine Wishes by Kathryn MacDonald

Thank you Between Festivals: A Journal in Time of Pandemic and Lockdown for publishing “Quarantine Wishes.”

Photo by Carol Nemeth

QUARANTINE WISHES

black heads bobbing     chicka-dee-dee-dee
among winter-shrivelled barberries

goldfinches’ ti-dee-di-di     music
lilting like waves through air

plump mourning doves in pairs
singing their sad ooahoo oo oo oo

congregations of ducks     quack-ing
a family of swans silently swimming

fish in the river
and heron along the shore

turtles floating on logs
even a snake or two

children on bicycles
parents jogging along

seniors slowly strolling
young lovers embracing

our hearts want spring
and ordinary things

parks and trails
rivers and bays
the earth renewed
with grass and flowers

blue sky
corona-free

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To view the poem on Between Festivals: A Journal in Time of Pandemic and Lockdown: https://festivalofthearts.ca/2020/11/27/quarantine-wishes-by-kathryn-macdonald/

I chose the photograph, above, by Carol Nemeth because it illustrates a coterminous moment of trust and serenity, a connection between wild chickadee and a person, a precious moment. Thank you Carol.

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“Shadows,” by Kathryn MacDonald, a poem

Wear Dali’s time-melting /
watch

SHADOWS

When you slip    down
     go deep.

Wear Dali’s time-melting
watch     curl into dream

beyond shallow façades
     dig within night’s folds
the moon’s secrets

where phantom fingers journey
over skin     lips caress     until
encircled     two melt
lost until dawn

                           when light
routs shadows     and time
shoots through your chest.

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Visit the site for a gallery of paintings, photographs and poetry: https://spiritofthehills.org/expanding-and-evolving/

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