A Poem by Thomas Koron

      A cardinal now calls out through the trees
      
      A cardinal now calls out through the trees,
      hoping its lonely presence will be known,
      as the branches slowly sway in the breeze.

      The bird sings with the hope that one of these
      days it will no longer sing on its own—
      A cardinal now calls out through the trees.

      Over a grassy field, it flies with ease,
      and comes to rest near a creek on a stone;
      As the branches slowly sway in the breeze.

      Up in a nearby elm tree, the bird sees
      a mate to keep it from being alone—
      A cardinal now calls out through the trees.

      The surface of the lakes begin to freeze,
      and they wait for their young to be full-grown;
      As the branches slowly sway in the breeze.

      They watch as the last of their young now flees,
      and all their children from the nest have flown.
      A cardinal now calls out through the trees,
      as the branches slowly sway in the breeze.

About the author

Thomas Koron was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on May 19, 1977. He has attended Grand Rapids Community College, Aquinas College, Western Michigan University, Northern Illinois University and the American Conservatory of Music. Some of his previous literary projects have included writing essays, poetry, stage plays and a series of short stories. He currently lives in the Chicago metropolitan area.

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