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Chicagoetry | Courtyard Still Life: Cardinal And Cricket

Courtyard Still Life: Cardinal and Cricket

The chirp of a courtyard cricket
Came in through the bathroom window.
It was high noon in summer.
I was startled. I heard eternity.

Cricket song, I thought,

Was a strictly midnight phenomenon.
One expects siren shriek, train whoosh, tire screech,
Car alarms, garbage trucks, arguments, gunfire.
Apartment courtyard acoustics prevail:

Tall brick walls and thick wood porches create

Narrow corridors with concrete floors.
Sounds bounce and shadows bend.
Each cricket's "creak" is like a snowflake:
Utterly unique, though subtle variation

Can be lost on the human ear.

It was mid-day on a weekday
And I was at home, feeling like a fugitive
(That came from my father, who taught me
About work, when it was real, when not.

He was rarely home on Mondays).

The chirp of a courtyard cricket
Is a riff; natural, random mantra,
Like a prayer, incantation or short song.
And each is the objectification of an idea,

Including random, meaningless ones.
All objects can achieve the aesthetic
Rendered perfect through repetition.

Shadows from the brick
Arches soared with aesthetic proportions,
Resting on a window.
A silent spectacle. The effect is beauty

(Beauty is merely the anticipation of thanks.
Like the ideal shape of a glass
Will be successfully half glass,
Half a piece of sculpture).

Images formed a panorama
Of birds flying past.
Blue jays? Sparrows? Cardinals
(Do cardinals flock)?

A tree broke through

Its spectacle and became a roost
For a solitary cardinal. The cricket
Felt vulnerable, with only shadow
For refuge, and went silent.


J.J. Tindall is the Beachwood's poet-in-residence. He welcomes your comments. Chicagoetry is an exclusive Beachwood collection-in-progress.


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Posted on February 18, 2019

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