Six Places to Look at a Blackbird

Wallace Stevens was the chief influence on my wanting to become a poet, and he’s inspired a few of my poems, as well. I’ve responded a couple of times to the poem that made me want to be a poet, “The Idea of Order at Key West.” This series is in response to his more widely known “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird.”

The places are Argyll (Scotland), Minnesota, California, Louisiana, Colorado, and Texas.

Six Places to Look at a Blackbird

Red hawthorn berries,
Scattered green apple slices,
And seven blackbirds.

A red-winged blackbird
Clinging to swaying cattails
In patchy March snow

In white-rimmed epaulets,
A tricolored blackbird
Among ten thousand

In the cypress tree,
Copper wash on iron gray —
A rusty blackbird

I check my life list —
The yellow-headed blackbird
Buzzes and gurgles.

Four Brewer’s blackbirds,
Fantails flicking for balance,
Open mesquite pods.

(2017)

(photo: Wikipedia)

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