Curated by Judy Gaudet
Steller’s jays at the feeder, goldfinches and cedar
waxwings, back when clouds of blossoms
rose from plum, pear and cherry
trees in our yards, the cityscape
still jingled with blackberries and yellow broom
feeders on every porch, my grandmother
shooing the greedy jays, calling me down
from my pear tree intrusions on robins’ nests.
Listening star-struck with her on our porch
for the nighthawk’s insect-hungry cry.
Why not remember her standing
heron-still, palm and seed
extended for an English sparrow, not yet prone
and groaning, her dove-grey face
bent over a stainless steel pan?
Why not lie down again on August grass
while her porch-swing voice sings ‘My Blue Heaven’
hands peel apples for the pie and the gulls’
high grace notes embellish the air.
—Richard Lemm, from Field Notes of a Lapsed Birdwatcher, The Gold Flash, The Alfred Gustave Press, 2011. Richard’s two poetry collections are Four Ways of Dealing with Bullies (Wolsak & Wynne, 2000) and Burning House (Wolsak & Wynne, 2010)
Island poet and avid poetry reader Judy Gaudet selects a poem by a PEI poet each month.
Judy's latest book is Conversation with Crows (Oberon,2014)