The Patient (and family)
Certified Nursing Assistants
A bird of iridescent light; of visionary blue;
as painterly as a sunflower; swift as an arrow.
It longs for the milk of rivers, kindling the rain bowed air
with feather-bright flame;
subtle-winged, the kingfisher melting to water.
Unearthly jeweled that builds its nest in the crux of worlds,
tunneling the arcane earth; like its wounded namesake,
sovereign of wastelands, whose chalice pours its solvent of dreams.
Precision-tooled and cuts like a blade cleaving the wind;
the sharp percussion of its dive, plunged in its liquid essence.
“Halcyon” is a name for a bird in Greek legend, generally associated with the kingfisher.
The kingfisher, calm and at peace,
nested upon water, quieter of restlessness.