Birds Again

Jason Tandon
| poetry


in memory of my student, 2000-2019


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



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.

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