Magpie

from by Tamara Sandor

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Magpie

Magpie knows she’s on fire,
She found a flower in a ripe death o’ swamp somewhere,
Wide-eyed at her luminous prize,
She cries in the hot night air.

Poise and shape and petal and smell,
She stands transfixed in a crystalline spell,
The power and poison of beauty compel,
When you know how to love so well.

Loon says, “Take care of yourself!
Take care of yourself, my dear.”

Loon lolls lonely along the shore,
She doesn’t sing anymore,
All for the love of a bear,
Feeds fast on skittish and shallow fare.

Minnows in the muck, all disrupted, upswept,
At the slightest kick-step of a foot thus webbed,
“Curse my clumsiness! Damn my head!
That can’t even get herself fed.”

Then ‘long comes blackbear, end o’ the day,
Sayin,’ “Loon, I love to see you flop around that way,
Just step into my broad and bountiful arms,
And I’ll never let you come to harm.”

Magpie says, “There ain’t no good way,”
Back to the deep and find your prey.
Hey girl, there ain’t no good way,
Everything ends this way.”

See the pie fly, paintbrush tail, down from her
Domed home high in a treetop, brimmin’ with the
Treasure she treasures till they’re spoilt and stale,
And leaves the old nest to the small hawks.

“But the madness, Mag, of tenderness turned to slay
That caressed just yesterday
We had plans…”

“Well did you hear that the deer, whether doe or stag,
When she’s all done runnin’ ‘cross plains and crags,
And the skittishness slips from her bones,
She locks eyes with the wolf, all alone,
And they agree all’s fair and planned,
And they share some prayer of the land.

“You step out the palace,
and there’s no malice in a world of sand.”

Magpie says, “There ain’t no good way,”
Back to the deep and find your prey.
Hey girl, there ain’t no good way,
Everything ends this way.”

Loon says, “Take care of yourself!
Take care of yourself, my dear.”

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from Tynes, released April 19, 2016
tamara sandor - guitar and voice
jon crellin - drums
patrick latreille - bass
sara grimm - violin
sebastian chow - violin
gregory burton - string arrangement

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