I’ve never heard a mockingbird,
a New World multilingual,
and I’ve never seen one fly.
But I have climbed inside
numberless books, read
numberless words, breathed
numberless characters’ lives,
walked around in their skin
and thought their thoughts.
Characters are the only kind
of folk I ever felt comfortable
with, willingly lent my reader’s
ear, ever hopeful to hear
the echo of a mockingbird.
Kim M. Russell, 28th April 2020
On Sunday, April 28, 2013, Kerry asked us to take Harper Lee as our source of inspiration and, with no further instructions or restrictions, to focus our writing on a theme, quote, character or personal experience related to To Kill a Mockingbird.
I’m merging this prompt with Kerry’s Skylover Wordlist, sourced from Dylan Thomas’s poetry collection Deaths and Entrances, from which the twenty-eighth word is ‘numberless’.