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It Was Always Ever Just a Beginning


Vol. XXVI, no. 2

Mary Ann Samyn

1.
Underneath the day's la-la, a hummingbird.
Hey, hummingbird—

2.
One of my most accurate teachers has been
the scientific method: beloved validation.

3.
So do I count this poem among my greatest feats?
Too soon to say, but I am proudly efficient.

4.
Inside the recognition: a cog, a breakthrough,
the hoped-for sweetness.

5.
Something flashes blue-green at the corner
of my love. Something dips.

6.
"This is not a standardized test
but a checklist for self-evaluation."

7.
If I improve upon it, do I get more money?
If I stand still, will you stroke my hair?

8.
How I felt about it was how it happened.
"You're special" was the day's theme.

9.
Between standard deviation and birdsong...
a vista I could get behind.