“Great Egret”

by Susanne Arrhenius

Bronze sculpture by Jim Callahan

A dream of encounter.
What to do with the land
As the seventh son?

Blue Heron crossed the lake.
The heat of the heart of a dream,
Fused a vision of land as a gift.

To wild things and to the
Children of children of children.

The Blue Heron flew across the lake
But the Heron became Egret
And the Egret became Phoenix.

Non-ferrous metal annealed
In the furious inferno.

Dueling with death and atomization,
Fate blew a gust of cool air
Between 1500° and annihilation.

The thud of the heart of that bird
Threw wings – the sound of creation,
Alchemy fusing metal and dream.

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