POETRY

Whistle like a bird

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Whistle like a bird, with your syrinx.
Your larynx is mammalian, fit for jazz
and yodeling and tissue-paper-and-comb
concertos, doo-wop, vocals with a big band,
ensemble singing, carmina by Carl Orff,
Ganasangeet (an Indian style which
includes songs protesting the British Raj),
karaoke, field hollers, scat, soul,
madrigals, organum, Gilbert and Sullivan
operettas, sea chanteys, barbershop
quartets, lullabies, and various other
song styles. Larynx birdcalls are most
unlikely to get you a spot on TV.

Esther Greenleaf Murer has been writing poetry all her life and got serious about learning the craft when she turned 70. She published her first collection, Unglobed Fruit, in 2011. Links to many of her poems published online may be found on her blog. She lives in Philadelphia.

Whistle like a bird, with your syrinx.
Your larynx is mammalian, fit for jazz
and yodeling and tissue-paper-and-comb