Edited and introduced by Wesley McNair, Maine poet laureate.

Today’s poet, Marnie Reed Crowell of Deer Isle, welcomes spring with three brief poems about birds.

By Marnie Reed Crowell


Between the twigs

a warbler sings

morning air

aglow with aria

and all I see

is a tiny eye.

haiku by sparrow

Pale sun, old snow

white-throated sparrow

cold pure call of spring

call of spring

Spotted Sandpiper

Just at the silver seam

between the sea and shore

spotted sandpiper

teeters, speaks softly to itself

a poem it has by heart.

Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry is produced in collaboration with the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Poem copyright © 2011 Marnie Reed Crowell. Reprinted from “A Sky of Birds,” Threehalf Press, 2011, by permission of Marnie Reed Crowell. Questions about submitting to Take Heart may be directed to Gibson Fay-LeBlanc at [email protected] or 228-8263. “Take Heart: Poems from Maine,” an anthology collecting the first two years of this column, is now available from Down East Books.