Starlings on New Year’s Eve Day

So many starlings!
In a wild wind, they descend–

the fiercesome breeze has blown
the seed out of the bird-feeder

onto the grass,
and they are feasting fast!

A loud crack sounds to the right,
the wind breaking a pine tree branch–

and all of them swoop up and over
the backyard fence

and disappear
like a childhood memory.

 

Jane Beal

12.31.11
The House on Flower Street

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