Birds Again

poetry 0
Jason Tandon

 

in memory of my student, 2000-2019

 

After last spring’s
surprise grackle attack
and the autumn squirrels’
burgling

acrobatics

 

I almost didn’t fill
the feeders this year.

 

They came back,
the heavy-set doves
content to peck
what falls in the dirt,
the bullying blue jays,
the cardinal—always so startling
to see that red,
that beak blot
of orange.

Jason Tandon is the author of four books of poetry, including The Actual World (Black Lawrence Press, 2019). His poems have appeared in many journals and magazines, including Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Beloit Poetry Journal, North American Review, and Esquire. He is a senior lecturer in the Arts & Sciences Writing Program at Boston University.