This Is Just To Say

I have read

the news

that was reported

today

 

and which

he was probably

hoping

we’d embrace

 

Forgive me

it was alarming

so un-Democratic

and so cold

 

#poetrymatters

#echoingWilliamCarlosWilliams

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Storm Warning

The birds understand

how today

the sky is a thick grey blanket

rippling in slow waves

releasing the unmistakable smell of about to rain

 

they were here this morning

among the roses

regaling with their sunshine songs until

they must have been cautioned by the wind to pack up their belongings

and take a little daytrip

 

Me? I’m not so wind-tuned.

There I sat as the sky changed, lost, deep in the pages of my book

splattered with raindrops

listening for birds that were no longer there.

 

(Day 30: 1 subject 30 ways #sensorypoem)

 

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Bedecked with Birds

Trees decorated with spring

budding green-leafed,

waving in windbursts,

stretching tall

dotted with oriole jewels

that glimmer and shine

in the Sunday sun

 

(Day 29: 1 subject 30 ways #metaphorpoem)

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City Birds: A found poem lifted from the lines of Amy Kennedy, KQED Perspectives 4/27/18

 

not all city birds are scavengers

thriving in man-made jungles

 

outside my window

black phoebe calls

wake up

in its two-note dawn chorus

 

mockingbirds and mourning doves

perched and hidden, hopping and chirping

remind me that

nature always persists

 

so why can’t everyone appreciate

beauty and diversity in subtle shades of grey?

 

(Day 28: 1 subject 30 ways #questionendingpoem

https://www.kqed.org/perspectives/201601137132/city-birds)

 

 

 

 

 

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EPA Refrain

Power lines are deadly

To millions of birds each year

Oil spills and wind turbines too

That’s why there’s a hundred-years law on the books

A treaty protecting each eagle and wren

 

Birdlovers unite to uphold the law

being threatened by grift and by greed

Politicians seeking profit and gain

Laying waste to this beautiful land

 

Pay attention, look up, speak up and take care

If birds are not safe and allowed to fly free

Sadly, my friends then, neither are we

 

(Day 27: 1 subject 30 ways #startlepoem)

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Daydreaming, Springtime

 

What if our souls were birds?

 

What if our spirits took flight?

 

What if our days went on for always?

 

Forever…

 

These are the wanderings of a restless mind

 

Wishing for sunlight, listening to rain

 

 

(Day 26: 1 subject 30 ways #whatifpoem)

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An Open Letter to the Pigeons at Lotta’s Fountain

I know it’s probably exciting

What with all the voices and traffic noises

The dodging in and out of doorways

The fast food smells and bus exhaust

Time must pass quickly day to day

As all those hurrying feet move past

But, did you know there’s a whole other world out there

Just a few miles to the East as the crow flies (or the pigeon)?

There are wide open spaces

Where you can listen to wind

and windchimes

and cows mooing on hillsides

Time passes slowly there

Come visit anytime

 

(Day 25: 1 subject 30 ways #directaddresspoem)

 

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