Love or lust, she declared from the back
of the classroom, What difference does it make?
And, after all, isn’t it only words, parsing.
But that back road I often travel, that
fist of sparrows between the fields, their
sister or mate gliding too low, car-clipped,
stranded in the road’s middle, still singing
to her flock as they fretted around her,
scattering back to the bushes between
passing pickup trucks, then returning,
trying to levitate their love through song
that their urging might make miracle,
and I thought, maybe, that’s the difference.