at the little window feeders
Dark-eyed Junco, Pygmy Nuthatch

having found it, now arrive every morning
Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Bewick’s Wren

to this magical tray of seeds, corn, manna, pink nectar
Rufous Hummingbird, White-crowned Sparrow

indignantly ruffled feathers when it is found empty
Stellar’s Jay, Anna’s Hummingbird

and we are repaid with the joy
American Goldfinch, Bushtit

of quick, sharp movements, music, morning song
Red-breasted Nuthatch, House Sparrow

wildness, chaos, life, brought close to a
middle-aged human, small brown dog.

About the Poet:
Ryan Warren lives with his family by the sea in Northern California. His poetry has previously appeared in numerous journals including California Quarterly, Amaryllis, Wilderness House Literary Review, Firefly Magazine, Verse-Virtual, Ekphrastic and the anthology, Carry The Light. More on his published works can be found


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