Through the Window
Woodpecker tilts his head
flash of red
pecks at the suet
peeks in the window
watches me watching him
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!
December 21, 2017
December 22, 2017 11:09 AM ESTI love this!
December 22, 2017 11:09 AM ESTYou often make me want to have a feeder, JoAnn. This is a winter scene we all imagine. Merry Christmas!
December 22, 2017 11:31 AM ESTThank 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!
December 22, 2017 1:21 PM ESTLove 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!
December 22, 2017 5:45 PM ESTThanks, 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!
December 23, 2017 12:41 PM ESTLovely 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.
December 23, 2017 3:37 PM ESTWow, 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!
December 24, 2017 9:47 AM ESTDo they watch us with as much appreciation as we have for them?
December 24, 2017 12:42 PM ESTThanks 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!
December 25, 2017 5:53 AM ESTYour 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!
December 25, 2017 11:42 AM ESTYes, 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!
December 26, 2017 2:22 PM ESTWhat a lovely moment you've captured.