Sweet Song

Sweet song, sweet song,
it is she on the porch,
it is she at the door,
with an off-key ping-Bong,
with a creaky Ding-tonk
at the sad buzzer-bell,
the stale, dwindling bell
with its call of a shrill,
throttled quail, yet
still so damn sweet that
it makes my teeth ache,
that it swells out my soul
as a bronze temple
gong that starts the small deer
in the rushes and rocks
of the echoing hills.
A breath’s great hour of pause
and then once again
like electric frizz
its hard put bing-Bzzz
and concluding bzzz-Pffft,
the last, throat-stuck, dying note
part rusted, half choked
to spring this cushion-sunk sot
to horse and to foot.

Hailey Leithauser

Hailey Leithauser

Hailey Leithauser's debut collection, Swoop, won the Poetry Foundation's Emily Dickinson First Book Award and was published by Graywolf in 2013. She has recent or upcoming work in 32 Poems, Agni, The Gettysburg Review, The Hopkins Review and The Yale Review.
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Hailey Leithauser's debut collection, Swoop, won the Poetry Foundation's Emily Dickinson First Book Award and was published by Graywolf in 2013. She has recent or upcoming work in 32 Poems, Agni, The Gettysburg Review, The Hopkins Review and The Yale Review.