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Matins Mystery
Marlene Brubacher


The starlings sit
In single file
And guard the roadside
For a mile.

I wonder where
They lined their choirs
Before the men
Invented wires.

© by Marlene Brubacher.
Used with the author’s permission.


Marlene Brubacher lives among the mines and pines of northwestern Ontario where, she says, “winters are -45 C, and summers echo with loons’ yodels on sparkling lakes.” A caretaker, editor, cleaner, and baker, Marlene says she “thrives on rescuing abandoned books and growing poetry.”


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Wilda Morris:
Posted 08/06/2022 08:42 AM
I love it.
Posted 08/05/2022 09:01 AM
I'd never thought of that before! Very clever, Marlene!
Posted 08/04/2022 10:18 PM
Love it!!!
Posted 08/02/2022 12:17 PM
Ditto to all comments, Also uplifting. We have underground wires so Ill have to notice this when traveling. A poem to remember. Michael, good eye and rhythm to see and hear the tanka!
Posted 08/02/2022 10:38 AM
Lori Levy:
Great image of starlings on the wire.
Posted 08/02/2022 10:29 AM
At -40 C and F are the same. I need to review the daily rituals of monk routines.
Posted 08/02/2022 09:24 AM
This has just the right amount of syllables (31) to be a tanka . . .don't know if this was intended by Marlene or not. Totally engaging poem though. Thank you, Marlene.
Posted 08/02/2022 08:46 AM
Darrell Arnold:
Clever, humorous, introduced me to "matins." Even rhymes her bio. -- mines and pines, caretaker and baker. I like this woman's smile and her work.
Posted 08/02/2022 08:43 AM
Gilbert Allen:
I share Larry's admiration for the poem.
Posted 08/02/2022 08:38 AM
Larry Schug:
To me the key word in "Matins Mystery", a title I like very much, is "wonder", used here as a verb, though its use as a noun shines through.
Posted 08/02/2022 07:21 AM

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