With a line from “I’m One” by May Swenson
There is a friend staying with me where I
am lodged. A blue-backed, white-bellied barn Swallow
that sings out in search of a mate. The
creature’s wings flap as it soars close to the Sun.
But not too close. It is searching for a mate but I’m
the only other one here. Just me and The
swallow. I admire this friend. There is just the One,
yet it keeps its hopes up, desperate for a companion. The
swallow searches, and it will someday succeed. But there is Only
me, for myself. I have no birdsong. I am the One
person here. In this house, in these woods, In
this life. The swallow sings, and I watch My
friend soar high as I sit. Just me, in this quiet, solitary Life.
Harmony Noelle is a twenty-one year old studying English Literature and Writing.