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Poem: Raiding the feeders

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Posted on April 15, 2015 | Blog Category:
By Gary Margolis



Raiding the Feeders

 

The bear I saw was the shadow

of my father passing my room,

locking his briefcase, walking out the door

 

at dawn. And not this spring country one

who apparently didn’t eat enough berries

and fish to keep him asleep. These days

 

I want to run out of my winter stored fat.

And rise early in my neighborhood,

to see who was there by his or her tracks.

 

A deer, a turkey, a fox. A neighbor

who really doesn’t have enough to eat.

And comes to the feeders at night.

 

Isn’t there only so much seed and suet

anyone can eat? Sometimes we have to

cave in to what is. My father came home

 

at night. Growling at the world of his

work. In a few minutes I was afraid

I was almost asleep. Locked in, I can say

 

now, to his angry grief. To the shadows

we made of ourselves on our second floor

hall. In Boston. In Cornwall, Vermont. 

— Gary Margolis, Cornwall

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