Sunrise Concertante was first published in Sarasvati Magazine (2017)
Burnt golden rays break
the night-time sky,
beating on the Ouse’s, slow crawl.
Air warmed sweet-grasses
fan fragrance into the wind:
marsh marigolds shine.
chromatic glissando sweeps
towards the riverbank
to claim a worm.
Swanking his red tuxedo, a robin
trills to join the recital
as elm silhouettes dance,
watching their mirror image.
The mistle thrush flaunts
a speckled belly, takes his turn
to chant – introduces
hedge sparrows who chatter,
boast brown suits.
A cadenza call governs the concerto—
plump skylark makes his solo in the skies.
Shades of light peep,
geese chevron across the blue,
noses down, necks stretched, wings
spread wide. Honking their signal sound,
they climb the horizon and sky-fall
on to daylight’s iridescent waves.