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Phil Timpane

Phil Timpane

Phil Timpane lives with his wife in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, where he works as a building contractor and designs and builds new poems. His work has appeared in Atlanta Review, The Cortland Review, The Philadelphia Inquirer, upstreet and Valium. He was a winner of The Atlanta Review’s 2007 International Publication Award.

She Tells Me

about the crab apple and orchard blossoms back home
our late magnolia losing the race at the gun of every spring  
coming in for us now after her sister blooms have flagged and dropped

As if I could make it out from under this killer blue sky
bedside vigils heckled by catcalls and whistles of the stranger-
birds that I do not and do not want to know

She recalls the flute song of the thrush at dawn
something we both cherish and know will be long gone
before the trees' fruit darkens and falls

Winter scraps for the faithful black and all too common
crows that never leave and never fail
to remind us of their calling

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