‘Tis The new Season

“Aerial Combat” by Paul Garson

By Karla Linn Merrifield

I learn a new vocabulary every spring
— geological:  Devonian or Pleistocene eras,
names of mountain ranges, fjords, glaciers.

It’s the same thing every spring
— biological: new avians, exotic botanicals,
mammals small & great,  &, oh,  piscine species.

It’s the same thing every spring
with indigenous Homo sapiens:  Aleuts, Beothuks, Kwakiutls
& their art in soapstone, bone, cedar, feathers.

It’s always a new language,
a few new words of prayers for a new world,
the same fresh thing every spring.