Fred Gillen Jr.

Poetry

Porch Feeder

I warned you against hanging that bird feeder there on the front porch
It'll be a mess of bird shit and seed shells
Footprints in the snow; dusty husks of empty seeds
But every day for a week you looked at the feeder and she looked at the hook
And finally one day you'd stopped at the A&P for seed
and there was the feeder hanging over the porch rail
Goldfinches and swallows jostling for position
The cat inside the window drooling
Paw prints up and down the freezing panes
I'd sweep every day but it really doesn't make a dent
So I ignore it
Now here it is Spring and here I am scrubbing
A few pilgrim finches darting past, investigating
I talked to William next door while I scrubbed
His son is in the war; he asked for prayers
I heard Jules' faint guitar across the street playing Roundabout
The mail lady's cocoa- butter scented curves
reminded me of Truro in July
The seals babyish cries in the sunset
Of all the things your Mother left you
I think this feeder is my favorite

Posted Friday, February 11th 2011

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 03/17/2011     I Want To Know
==>02/11/2011     Porch Feeder
 09/30/2009     The First Page
 08/23/2009     One More Page
 06/10/2009     Butterflies
 06/10/2009     March
 06/10/2009     March
 06/9/2009     Butterflies
 01/11/2008     Truth
 06/6/2007     Same As It Ever Was
 06/6/2007     Safe
 06/6/2007     Love's Light
 06/6/2007     One Light
 06/6/2007     Breathe
 06/6/2007     Silence
 06/6/2007     Warm Hands
 06/6/2007     Like War
 06/6/2007     Tide Pool
 06/6/2007     escaped memories
 12/15/2006     Bicycle
 08/23/2006     Tide Pool
 06/26/2006     Bear Butte
 02/25/2006     Shine
 01/5/2006     Grandmother
 07/8/2005     The Heart Inside
 04/19/2005     Winter
 11/30/2004     Broken Open
 11/6/2004     America The Beautiful (Four new verses)
 10/13/2004     Seeds
 10/13/2004     Your Laugh
 10/13/2004     Communion
 10/13/2004     Canal Street
 09/18/2004     Last Embrace
 09/18/2004     Needle
 08/7/2004     A Thousand Fireflies
 07/16/2004     Love is a Verb
 07/16/2004     Everything
 07/6/2003     Black Butterflies
 06/22/2003     Shadowy Train
 05/16/2003     Shine
 03/15/2003     Hope
 06/6/2002     Me & Cinderella
 04/4/2002     Untitled
 07/19/2001     Hudson: 12 January, 1994
 06/11/2001     Judas
 05/31/2001     Untitled
 05/16/2001     Woody
 05/16/2001     Twine
 05/16/2001     Lines


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