Avian Rainbow through Binoculars


Image by Jan Kopřiva

Scarlet macaw colors this world
as does emerald toucan, orange-
chinned parrot, and yellow-crowned
euphonius sipping a fuchsia bromeliad.
You traipse over shallow root systems
for a glimpse of violet-saberwing hummingbirds. You zip by in a Zodiac on choppy
Pacific seas for blue-footed boobies.
But to find the gold at rainbow’s end,
you’ll have to fly with me through
the Costa Rican rainforest
of my moist imagination where
I may show you this recently identified
species. Rare? No. Extinct? Yes.
At the end of the rainbow flies the indigo
ghost bird of the clouds of Monteverde.

Karla Linn Merrifield has had 900+ poems appear in dozens of journals and anthologies, with 14 books to her credit. Following her 2018 Psyche’s Scroll (Poetry Box Select) is the newly released full-length book Athabaskan Fractal: Poems of the Far North from Cirque Press. She is currently at work on a poetry collection, My Body the Guitar, inspired by famous guitarists and their guitars; the book is slated to be published in December 2021 by Before Your Quiet Eyes Publications Holograph Series (Rochester, NY).