The View from Our Kitchen

December 21, 2017

Tags: woodpecker, Poetry Friday, "Through the Window"

Through the Window

Woodpecker tilts his head
         flash of red
         banded cheek
         pointed beak
pecks at the suet
peeks in the window
watches me watching him
         cautiously motionless
         watching him watching me
         taking in that feathered scene
both of us filling up

JoAnn Early Macken

Buffy Silverman has today's Poetry Friday Roundup at Buffy's Blog. Enjoy!


  1. December 22, 2017 11:09 AM EST
    I love this!
    - Ruth (
  2. December 22, 2017 11:09 AM EST
    You often make me want to have a feeder, JoAnn. This is a winter scene we all imagine. Merry Christmas!
    - Linda Baie
  3. December 22, 2017 11:31 AM EST
    Thank you, Ruth! Linda, I'm lucky that my husband takes care of the feeders & I get to take in the view! Merry Christmas to you, too!
    - JoAnn Macken
  4. December 22, 2017 1:21 PM EST
    Love how you've captured your downy watching you watching him. This morning at yoga I watched two downy's perched on a trunk--made the down dogs much easier!
    - Buffy Silverman
  5. December 22, 2017 5:45 PM EST
    Thanks, Buffy! Oh, but yoga. I tried to do 108 Sun Salutations yesterday for the Winter Solstice. Made it just over halfway. I'm blaming it on the video we watched, which was very slow & made the downward dogs last forever. We did 108 2 years ago, & I don't remember it being so hard! My arms ache today, but as soon as I can, I plan to finish the rest of those Sun Salutations. Wish me luck!
    - JoAnn Macken
  6. December 23, 2017 12:41 PM EST
    Lovely poem, JoAnn. I love watching our birds, too. Your ending is perfect - we also fill up while watching these miraculous creatures. Something we learned this winter - bear may exit their dens even when it's been freezing cold and the ground is white. Two days ago a bear with paw prints the size of my husband's spread hand absconded with our hanging feeder, carried it into the woods and ate all the seed. I thought the bear were tucked up tight until March at least.
    - Joyce Ray
  7. December 23, 2017 3:37 PM EST
    Wow, Joyce! My sister-in-law in Colorado brought her hummingbird feeders inside every night because a bear pulled one down, along with the post it was hanging on. Enjoy the view--from inside!
    - JoAnn Macken
  8. December 24, 2017 9:47 AM EST
    Do they watch us with as much appreciation as we have for them?
    - Mary Lee
  9. December 24, 2017 12:42 PM EST
    Thanks for your fun woodpecker poem Joann! I rarely see the woodpeckers at a feeder, though I do see and hear them in the trees. I like the peck-peck-pecking sound you've created through your rhythmic poem. Happy Holidays!
    - Michelle Kogan
  10. December 25, 2017 5:53 AM EST
    Your final line says it all. I get such a deep pleasure from bird watching. Now I'm going to wonder if they're watching me as well!
    - Molly Hogan
  11. December 25, 2017 11:42 AM EST
    Yes, we definitely benefit from watching the birds at the feeders. My husband just made a squirrel house & hung it in front of another window--more fun!
    - JoAnn Macken
  12. December 26, 2017 2:22 PM EST
    What a lovely moment you've captured.
    - Kay Jernigan McGriff