J.R. Solonche

Fence Deference

Although the rails
have fallen and only
the posts are in the ground,
four stand-ins for a fence
no longer recognizable,
I’ll leave them alone,
for this morning I saw
a goldfinch perched atop one,
flickering like a flame in the wind.

J.R. Solonche is the author of 25 books of poetry and coauthor of another.