Words for Birds poetry reading, Sunday April 15

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Local educator Mobi Warren leads Haiku Hikes at Government Canyon State Natural Area the first Sunday of every month. Her* work has appeared in the Texas Poetry Calendar and is on the buses as part of VIA's* Poetry on the Move contest. Warren will lead Words for Birds V — the fifth annual celebration of our feathered friends in poetry, at Mitchell Lake Audubon Center on Sunday April 15, 2012 at 1:00 pm, in the Center's outdoor amphitheater. Readers include Jim Brandenburg, Mobi Warren, Jim LaVilla-Havelin, Cyra Dumitru, and Ruth Matlow Asher.

We are the same creature

By Mobi Warren

Startled, owl snaps from a perch

in the woolen dark. My feet lift

in surprise, ankles sprout wings.

An arc of silence passes overhead—

a cloud of white feathers so close

the ends of my hair untether.

Was her conversion like this—the surgeon

who tossed her diploma in a basket

and went to work in the hospital laundry?

When I first heard of it, I protested

the dulling of her scalpel, the talons of

her learning.  Was it madness?

Inspired medicine?  Sheets tenderly

folded gave wings to every bed. Pillows

became the downy breasts of swans.

Free; 1pm Sunday, April 15, Mitchell Lake Audubon Center, 10750 Pleasonton, (210) 628-1639, tx.audubon.org/mitchell-lake-audubon-center. To see a calendar of all National Poetry Month events in San Antonio, go to npmsa2012.com.

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