Upper Amazon Basin to Northville, New York
Intercontinental Missiles!–
chimney swifts
who wing each Spring
8000 miles between
the Upper Amazon Basin
& the chimney of a burned-out baseball factory
in the Adirondack foothills!

Miracolo! Miracolo!
Intercontinental missiles of Bird Migrations
should be worshipped by us
not nuclear missiles & The Book of Armageddon.
Factory ruins where chimney swifts nest
are more sacred
than the little bankvaults on high altars
where priests coop the Holy Spirit
in a gilded birdcage.
Northville, New York is blessed by a miracle
more cosmic than Fatima
and the route of those little gray birds
should be lined with people
the way people line the streets when
a pope or president goes by in a motorcade.

Plenary Indulgence Beatific Vision!

–Jeff Poniewaz

From Dolphin Leaping in the Milky Way, Homeward Press. Permission of author.