“Folded Bird” by Barbara Buckman Strasko
enters our ears
broken only by the sound of geese
by now they sound like a kind of silence.
It’s the sound of wings moving
so near by, we hear the
rough wind under them.
I think of all of the remaining questions
I have about myself.
My son recognizes my insecurities,
because he also has them.
He believes it’s in our blood, as if
we are recovering from some
I tell him
we need to sing our way out of it,
lift from the earth with the wings
we can only imagine,
so many times the sound
Barbara Buckman Strasko was the first Poet Laureate of Lancaster County. She is the 2009 River of Words Teacher of the Year and is the Poet in the Schools in the city of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Her poems have appeared in: Best New Poets, Rhino, Nimrod, Brilliant Corners, Ninth Letter and Poet Lore. Her book of poems, Graffiti in Braille was published in 2012.