I saw two birds darning a tree,
with winged eye and point
in looping swoops, using invisible
thread flown through branches
left unwoven by winter.
It happens fast, this job:
anchor points, intersections,
reclaimed fabric tufts pierced
and sutured at the leaves till
the tree is fixed for nesting.
Our ellipses were longer that day,
called out, as we were, by sunshine
like the birds—my circuit out
to the coast, yours inland,
both of us flying the knot.
True, our orbits had diverged
recently; we’d dragged curved
messages about the house,
towed them like aerial banners,
but it was a joy to tie the bow again.
John Kefala Kerr is a British Greek sound artist and writer. His work has featured at festivals and venues in the UK, Europe, USA and Japan. His poetry is published by Live Canon and Arachne Press and his debut novel Thimio’s House is published by Roundfire Books.