16 January 2014 Leave a comment
Crows on our snow pile,
Crows in the back yard,
Our frozen crows in January
Put us on our guard. Sleek and black,
Blacker than the snow filled night,
Like the squirrels, they point north.
The rooster on the garage roof points north too.
You’d think there was something good coming that way.
There’s snow and wind and cold,
And it’s been coming that way all night and day.
It’s a January day.
The bird feeder swings back and forth
And round and round.
Sparrows jump on and off, up and down
Like children on and off
A playground merry-go-round,
Laughing, arguing, screaming with delight.
The wind whips and whistles,
Blowing and bending as it goes.
The temperature is sinking, and it’s early still,
But it’s not still. It’s biting.
The wind fills its breath with snow,
Greying the air, filling the lately shoveled walk,
Clouding the car windows,
Merging the leaf pile with the piled snow.