The Birds

Nancy Scott

Consider my next door neighbor, Barry,
who calls to birds in several hundred voices.
He’s tracked them from Cambodia to
Oregon to the Galapagos Islands.

The whole family speaks bird.
His daughters sport bright feathers
in their hair; his son, a nose like a beak.
From the anonymity of my shaded window,
I’ve seen his wife flap her arms and screech.

I like to keep to myself, but his wife
flutters about my front door
with tins of freshly-baked cookies
peppered with seeds.
What a delight, so warm and so crunchy.



About the author:

Nancy Scott is managing editor of U.S. 1 Worksheets and author of nine books of poetry. Her most recent, Ah, Men (Aldrich Press, 2016), is a tribute to all the men and boys who have influenced her life. Scott is also an artist working primarily in collage and mixed media. She has resided in the Princeton area since the ’60s.


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