Telling it Like it Is 

Now it's gone.
The house across the way
that was always there
lays collapsed upon the ground,
a pile of bricks and wood 
exposed to the air behind the tilted tree.
The birds have all sung
about its demise --
the sparrows and the cardinals,
and even the beady eyed grackles 
who are here to steal the others' eggs --
like the men who stole the bricks
right from the face of the house
before leaving it -- an eyesore for weeks.
Everything is greening up, alive as ever,
around the massive pile of debris.
And I am listening to Beethoven's sonatas
mixed with all the birdsong --
telling it like it is.
This new view -- these layers of exposure
have made our eyes skip over
what it all means.
We are left alone, again,
to examine the rubble 
and all the space
that remains.

--Anne Rashid


Anne Rashid teaches American literature and creative writing at Carlow University.  She lives in Regent Square and loves to run, bike and bird-watch in Frick Park. Many writers featured in Chapter & Verse are guests of Prosody, produced by Jan Beatty and Ellen Wadey. Prosody airs every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. on WYEP 91.3 FM.


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