by Michael Keshigian


All day

I’ve listened to the song

Mountain by Tory Eichler
Mountain by Tory Eichler

of a single cardinal


ripple stillness

just outside my office window.

An opera in red tux


his throat is a spring

stretching an aria

through the cluttered house


of sound, awakening memories

of events since past.

The timbre enlivens my heart.


I can almost touch

what once was

as it floats between


song and wind.  An inflection

so crisp, that I’m convinced

the cardinal sings for more


than to merely texture

the commotion.  His tune

incites another gift.


He performs daily,

tireless and without hoarseness,

to make sad hearts flutter.



Michael Keshigian’s ninth poetry book, Dark Edges was recently released September 2014 by Flutter Press.  He has been widely published in numerous national and international journals and appeared as feature writer in over a dozen publications with 5 Pushcart Prize and 2 Best Of The Net nominations. (

Tory Eichler graduated with the Class of 2015 from ConVal High School in Peterborough, New Hampshire. She is an avid dancer and entered the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University in August to pursue a career in dance. During her time at ConVal she enjoyed experimenting with fine art, particularly drawing.  She created a ten piece pencil drawing series in her senior year, titled “Distractions,” which can be seen at