The Orange Room Review

Accessible poetry of substance


Early Birds

by Laurie Soriano


Theyarehollow-boned,taketheirclawedhands
andguidethemgentlytothecar,rollingthelittlesuitcase
solightitmustbefilledwithfeathers.
Herhairisapuffofwhite,hisascatteringofdrygrass.
Theybickerstill,chirp/cheepinharmony,
nothingeverclarified,nothingreallymatters.

Tiredfromtheflight,theytotterofftobed;
ifyoupeekin,youwillseetheirbodiessidebyside,
donewithhormones,thepreciousraggedbreathliftingtheirchests,
headsbarelydentingthedownpillows.Intheearliestofmorning
theyareperchedontheirkitchenchairswiththenewspapers,
thedayalreadyswingingfullwhenyourise.

Itisgettingtobetimenow.Whenyouget
thephonecall,orperhapsyouwillbe
inthehospitalroomwhenhisorherbreath
flutterstosilence,openupyourhands
inagesturebothoflettinggo
andembracing.Intheweeksthatfollow

keepyoureyeoutforasparrowhopping
andtwitteringabittooclose,alark
thatseemstobesmilingonabranchnearby
andthenshowsoffflyingforyou.


LAURIE SORIANO is a music attorney in Los Angeles, representing songwriters, recording artists and others in the music and film industries. She has had poems published in various journals and has studied with Daniel Hoffman, Alan Williamson and Eloise Klein-Healy.