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Angela Hoffman


Lacking in glamor,
her ensemble consisting of tones of browns,
she sings with exuberance at a volume
way out of proportion to her size,
giving her an exalted status.
Her sweet, sprite tunes
consist of complex and varied notes
that trill and trip over one another
like the rattle of a tea kettle.
These tender performances of repeated verses,
full of energy, are ethereal and guttural.
Her wrenditions delivered in the cold that lingers
capture memories,
reminding us of spring.

© by Angela Hoffman.
Used with the authorís permission.

Angela Hoffman lives in a small town in Wisconsin. With her retirement from teaching and the pandemic coinciding, she took to writing poetry. Her poetry has been widely published and she is the author of three collections: Resurrection Lily, Olly Olly Oxen Free, and her newest, Hold the Contraries. Angela's hobbies include collaging and making sourdough bread. Learn more about her at





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Posted 03/19/2024 10:23 AM
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Posted 03/13/2024 10:32 AM
Thankyou Angela - how lovely
Posted 03/12/2024 03:03 AM
Lori Levy:
Great depiction of the wren.
Posted 03/11/2024 05:23 PM
A fine poem and an intro to the wren that I will watch for.
Posted 03/11/2024 12:19 PM
How sweet the sound of the brown wren you describe so perfectly! The song as is the rattle of a tea kettle A reminder that spring, not by the calendar, is here.
Posted 03/11/2024 11:19 AM
Sharon Waller Knutson:
I love the clever creative uplifting poem comparing spring to an awkward virtuosa. my favorite line was: Her sweet, sprite tunes consist of complex and varied notes that trill and trip over one another like the rattle of a tea kettle.
Posted 03/11/2024 10:26 AM
I thought "wrenditions" was a misspelling. I love epiphanies.
Posted 03/11/2024 09:49 AM
Larry Schug:
The virtuosos are returning with songs we've misses over the winter. Indeed, they deserve a fine poem.
Posted 03/11/2024 07:37 AM
Joan Luther:
Wrenditionslove it!
Posted 03/11/2024 07:17 AM

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