Five Ways of Looking at Birds: A Poem by Carol Good

Dark-eyed Junco on snowy branch
Written by Carol Good

Photo Credit: Dark-eyed Junco by Patti Foley

This poem was inspired by Wallace Stevens’ Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird

Glance out the window
as chickadees grab and go
from a half-full feeder

Scan bare branches
for the source
of that sweet piercing note

Study LBJs* in the garden
who flit off and on
seed-heavy flowerheads

Squint into the sky
to track raptors
who cast fast shadows

Notice flapping herons
heading home slowly
to their heronry

* LBJ stands for little, brown jobs – a term of endearment for small, dark, unidentified birds

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