Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry: Three Poems

Edited and introduced by Wesley McNair, Maine Poet Laureate

Today’s poet, Marnie Reed Crowell of Deer Isle, welcomes spring with three brief poems about birds.

Three Poems by Marnie Reed Crowell


Between the twigs
a warbler sings
morning air
aglow with aria
and all I see
is a tiny eye.

haiku by sparrow

Pale sun, old snow
             white-throated sparrow
cold pure call of spring
call of spring

Spotted Sandpiper

Just at the silver seam
between the sea and shore
spotted sandpiper
teeters, speaks softly to itself
a poem it has by heart.

Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry is produced in collaboration with the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Poem copyright © 2011 Marnie Reed Crowell. Reprinted from A Sky of Birds, Threehalf Press, 2011, by permission of Marnie Reed Crowell. Questions about submitting to Take Heart may be directed to Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, Special Consultant to the Maine Poet Laureate, at mainepoetlaureate@gmail.com or 207-228-8263. Take Heart: Poems from Maine, an anthology collecting the first two years of this column, is now available from Down East Books.