its ornothological regret, instinctively out of tune, knew to distinguish crane, heron, egret, by all black-leggedness and ancestral warmth. I think about touch and the love-languages a river cannot send labouring, for its cry is a cut of the silt and our freckle
of sand appearing beside it is washed with reflections of canary grass in what is the colour’s recommended berth; no marsh grass and there’s no hollowing with which to hold our bodies steady for longer
in air which held all turn the short wave’s breadth, cresting low as yesterday’s sun; whoever heard herons through whole shades in towns, not me; deliberated sadnesses, frightened and pink, fewer rabbits oxidise landscapes
I am done misreading, distance’s volume becomes to you the sea-shell I hold out.
-- Andrew Wells is the author of two chapbooks, *SEALED* (Hesterglock, 2020) and *Menacing Sense* (Osmanthus, 2021) and a co-editor of HVTN Press. His work has appeared in SAND Journal, The London Magazine, Poetry Wales, Amberflora, The Scores, Fanzine, and others. He is an MFA candidate at Columbia University.