Call It Accident
Call it midnight thump and boom.
Call up gush;
swirl and spread.
Forward moving call it stalled.
Call a party, crown petroleum queen.
On call the creeping,
race for land.
Call it caught
in a starless sea.
Long-billed or swell-bellied, sway in the bilge.
Call it quits—trolled, talked-down.
Roll call: Plover, Egret, Tern.
Shrimp estuaries and pelican rookeries.
Songbirds who “I used to come here from America.”
Call it marshes packed in greed.