Observation in Grey: January

23 Jan

cedar waxwing 2

Low heavy sky.

Biting wind and bitter cold.

The emeralds and languid turquoise of

summer reduced to neutrals.

Inside this old house drafts refuse to be tamed.

From a window as cold to the touch as ice

I watch for a sign.

Atop thin tips of willowy branches in a barren bush

a Cedar WaxWing inspects a world stripped of nonessentials.

We are so close our eyes lock.

Each studies the other.

What are we looking for?

What do we hope to find?

Where is the thread that connects us?

Wind gusts, howls.

The ancient Magnolia bends in its breath.

From far away, a dirty plastic bag has filled with bluster and taken flight.

Now it rushes between the bird and me.

Cedar Wax Wing cocks his head, but doesn’t fly.

It’s a stare-down of epic proportions,

one animal exploring another,

each with needs,

each searching,

each starving to death to know.



17 Responses to “Observation in Grey: January”

  1. Claudia Anderson January 23, 2014 at 5:01 pm #

    I love love love this..

    • ittymac January 23, 2014 at 5:06 pm #

      Thanks, Claudia! Really!

  2. Claudia Anderson January 23, 2014 at 5:04 pm #

    Reblogged this on Humoring the Goddess and commented:
    This says so much…

  3. Carol Balawyder January 23, 2014 at 7:04 pm #

    What a beautiful bird and what a lovely poem.

  4. 2ndhalfolife January 24, 2014 at 6:45 pm #

    Hi, did you get my email??

  5. theempathyqueen January 25, 2014 at 7:34 pm #

    Exquisitely written!! Beautiful, B.

  6. ForgivingDreams January 27, 2014 at 6:52 am #

    You are truly one of my favorite poets and an incredible talent. Thank you for sharing – this moves me, and reminds me of the activity in my own life, external and internal.

    • ittymac January 27, 2014 at 8:47 am #

      Thank you for your sweet words.

    • ittymac January 27, 2014 at 12:25 pm #

      If you found something that connects to your own life, then the poem was a success! Thanks for letting me know I made a difference.

  7. Jane Osypowski January 27, 2014 at 9:12 am #

    Lovely poem. Thanks for sharing.

    • ittymac January 27, 2014 at 12:25 pm #

      You’re most welcome, Jane.

  8. livingwithshadows February 19, 2014 at 11:19 pm #

    what a stunning photo, i love how the blush pink of the bird is also captured in the background. I also adored your poetry. we are all connected

    • ittymac February 20, 2014 at 4:56 pm #

      We are all very, very connected. I believe we are all single pieces of the same one thing.

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