|©2015 RavennaTaylor, "Continuance," photopolymer relief print, collage, 6 x 10 inches|
I hear the hollow drill
of the Pileated Woodpecker;
unwinding almost visibly, a ribbon of rattle
snagged in a maze of trees.
Tied up in knots
I practice ordered tangles,
drawing them from diagrams
while blindly feeling for my fid.
A species of tiny birds depends
on inborn facilities:
weaving grassblades, tying knots.
Unlike us, they need not teach one another.
I guess I might have figured out
how to tie a knot, if
my father hadn't shown me
—I would've thought I'd invented it.
image and text ©2015 Ravenna Taylor