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Old broken
record player
makes imagined music
like a visitation
of a jubilant summer
composer. Out the window
there is birdsong
and wind in the branches
as if all of creation
is welcoming the ear
to the mother tongue
of love and silence.
Holy. Holy. Holy.
I turn up the volume.

Photo by Muhammed ÖÇAL on Unsplash

David Athey

David Athey has published more than 200 poems and stories in journals such as The Iowa ReviewBerkeley Fiction ReviewSouthern Humanities ReviewCalifornia QuarterlySeattle Review, and Christianity & Literature. He teaches creative writing at Palm Beach Atlantic University.