silhouette photography of two birds on twig

Two dark birds perch before the dawn
moon. They each flew a long time
to reach these high branches. They knew
many fields, ripe and fallow, and other
limbs, bare and needled, budding
and in full leaf. They called and heard
their calls answered and also the silence
of no answer. Now together, held
and buffeted by each phase and weather
they make little sounds and lean
into their feathers feathering together.

Matt Daly

Matt Daly is the author of the poetry collection, Between Here and Home (Unsolicited Press), and the chapbook, Red State (Seven Kitchens Press). His second full-length collection of poems is forthcoming from Unsolicited Press in 2024. He is the recipient of a Neltje Blanchan Award for writing inspired by the natural world and a Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry from the Wyoming Arts Council. Matt is the co-founder of Write to Thrive (www.writetothrive.net), an enterprise that brings reflective and creative writing practices to individuals and professional groups to cultivate creativity and wellbeing.