Bird Watching

Bird Watching — The Nursery
Plein Air Journal Notes 5/24/2011

Out on the driveway a black grackle
is pecking at the head of a squirrel,
peck scamper peck scamper peck,
the dive bombing grackle in pursuit,
squirrel scooting out of pecking reach.

Squirrel hops up onto the stucco wall,
two grackles now, pecking at squirrel’s head
feet pedaling faster and faster, squirrel finds
refuge in the wood pile, claws its way
up the spruce tree. Grackles squawk a
final threat. Squirrel stands on hind legs,
rubs its front paws together.

Up under the eaves, mother robin sits squat
on her nest of eggs. In our wreath on the door
red finch sits on her eggs. The grackles
with sentry rifles on their shoulders
strut back and forth across the driveway


About Ciletti

Jim Ciletti, an award winning poet, filmmaker, and author, is the 2010-2012, Poet Laureate of the Pikes Peak region, and for 41 years, poet-in-residence for the Orme School Fine Arts Festival. Jim gives many workshops on the writing and performance of poetry, and makes poetry house calls to create personal poetry events. Ciletti loves everything Italian, including cooking for family and friends, and loves to plant garlic, make homemade wine, and eating peaches and plums. "Everyday is Christmas, but you don't always get everything you ask for. Sometimes more. Poetry celebrates life."
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