to say ittoo quickly.But in factit's slow:
In six yearsand a monththey got usedto the larks.
They couldhave been larksin flight andsinging
or could havebeen larksreleasedto be gleeful,
sprung,lighthearted,so lightor young [End Page 198]
they got usedto beingas if tothe manner
birdsof a kind,in factwhat larks—
living, passerine,sentient beings—injust six yearsand one month more. [End Page 199]
Elizabeth Macklin is the author of two books of poetry, A Woman Kneeling in the Big City (1992) and You've Just Been Told (2000), and the translator of Meanwhile Take My Hand: Poems (2007) and Bar Puerto (2010), by the Basque writer Kirmen Uribe.