This weeks Saturday Poetry, matched with mobile photography/art is entitled ‘The One Mockingbird Only Sings at Night’ by Hannah Sanghee Park.
Hannah Sanghee Park is the author of The Same-Different (Louisiana State University Press, 2015), which was selected by Rae Armantrout as the winner of the 2014 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets.
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The One Mockingbird Only Sings at Night by Hannah Sanghee Park
Far cars, numerous.
Lullaby (by a lull)
and I pretend (I-10 as ocean).
And dream (DNA remade)
and dream. Maker
(remake me), better me
to a chorus of one
trilling silver, song.
Mating call after call
(no answers, no takers).
And now it collects more
and further from nature.
Desperate thing (who is the pitied?),
what did you think would happen
(happiness). Was this your dream?
What you long for has long
left here (and what you left for—
not long for here). Because
you didn’t think it through
(you never do, do you, as you do).
Get a life (fail to).
Get a move on (been eons). Curse
I served (in vesper). Asker
(no answer). Prayer (no taker).
Little mocker (my broken maker).
What is taking you so long.
Oh aren’t you something (I wish I was).
Aren’t you someone’s (if I was)
I would not try someone else’s
song. How sad (they said). My heart
goes out to you (this long?). No I
won’t be long (that same song),
or someone’s song (oh but
my heart goes out to you).
what will you make of me now.
(But I am of you).
Chorus or curse,
I am of you until
my heart goes out.
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