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David Dephy

Picture from My Window at 7 a.m.

Mattinata Primaverile by Childe Hassam


See the birds over there? They don’t need our help.
They don’t need to find out what we want to be.
Wings are words. Language is air.

We are the lost children in our own dreams,
and every morning at seven a.m.,
the pilgrims pass by my window on the towpath,

I see them clearly, they look like birds,
under the lilac shadows at dawn,
they witnessed something familiar at dawn,

for there the birds flew up in dreams from other dreams
that lent the calmness as they flew,
crowned with softness of hope,

of America,
of the United States
of America.


About the writer:
David Dephy (he/him) (pronounced as “DAY-vid DE-fee”), is an American award-winning poet and novelist. He is the founder of Poetry Orchestra and is Poet-in-Residence for Brownstone Poets 2024. His poem, “A Sense of Purpose,” is going to the Moon by The Lunar Codex, NASA, and Brick Street Poetry in 2024. Dephy is named as “A Literature Luminary” by Bowery Poetry, “Stellar Poet” by Voices of Poetry, “Incomparable Poet” by Statorec, “Brilliant Grace” by Headline Poetry & Press, and “Extremely Unique Poetic Voice” by Cultural Daily. He lives and works in New York City.

Image: Mattinata Primaverile by Childe Hassam (1859-1935). Oil on canvas. 48.1 x 46.1 inches. 1909. By free license.

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