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Darwin's Finches
by Wendy Mnookin

My love, with his binoculars 

and advanced degrees, has traipsed us all 

to the Galapagos, where we scramble 

up rocky landings, try to shield ourselves

from sun. We’re here to study finches, 

the color of their feathers, their important beaks. 

I want to go home 

and be with him alone in our own yard, 

rain soaking the grass and making it slippery. 

I want him to balance on one foot 

like the flightless cormorant

while the downpour bends long-necked sunflowers,

thin blue birds flaunt their energy and purpose,  

and the children are long gone—joy

so strong, I might just call it grief.

Wendy Mnookin is a poet living in Newton, Massachusetts. Her most recent book, What He Took (BOA Editions, 2002), won the 2002 Sheila Motton Prize from the New England Poetry Club. Her other books are To Get Here (BOA Editions, 1999) and Guenever Speaks (Round Table Publications, 1991). She is a 1999 recipient of an NEA fellowship. You can find out more about her work at

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