John Weier

The Conrad Grebel Review 33, no. 2 (Spring 2015)

earth

blue green

planet our home

the loss of it

loss of all this

and love flown

hourglass sand

snow sting sand

ethiopian sand falling

the death that follows

death of things

my death

yours one hundred

twenty-seven

psalms a burning wind

and our lives

irretrievable irresistible

angels

the language of angels

their breath

the rush of wings

all these wonders

and lives irresistible

whisper

of angel wings

and little

ringed plover

John Weier, a recent Writer-in-Residence at the University of Winnipeg, is a luthier and a birder. This poem originally appeared in his collection Where Calling Birds Gather (Turnstone Press, 2013) and is reprinted by permission of the publisher.