The Chat

I wish

I were

the yellow chat

down in the thickets

who sings all night,

throwing

into the air

praises

and pandhandles,

plains,

in curly phrases,

half-rhymes,

free verse too,

with head-dipping

and wing-wringing,

with soft breast

rising into the air-

meek and sleek,

broadcasting,

with no time out

for pillow-rest,

everything-

pathos,

thanks-

Oh, Lord,

what a lesson

you send me

as I stand

listening

to your rattling, swamp-loving chat

singing

of his simple, leafy life-

how I would like to sing to you

all night

in the dark

just like that.

Marshall Byler

Byler Media, Columbia, MO 65203

Byler Media designs and builds SEO optimized, mobile-friendly websites with Squarespace, including small business, e-commerce sites and blogs.  We produces professional-quality, 4K video content for individuals and organizations including wedding videography, documentary and promotional films. We are a web designer, Squarespace expert and videographer all in one.