Winter partnership

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Photo of a chickadee by Paige Cody on Unsplash

There comes a tipping point in the year
when the summer birds have all gone,

and the winter birds that had retreated
like glaciers into the leafy woods

show up again at the backyard feeders,
looking proprietary and quite pleased.

Once again, close at hand,
the chickadee flits past on stubby wings,

the nuthatch creeps head first down the trees,
the junco flashes his semaphore tail,

the cardinal poses for greeting cards
and the blue jay argues with everyone else.

Then they settle themselves in the balding trees
with an air of practicality and triumph

and promise in voices mostly unmelodious,
but beloved as schoolyard…


Deborah Barchi

Deborah Barchi has recently retired from her career as a librarian and now has time to read, explore nature, and write poetry and essays.

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