To My Nearest Neighbor

— Photo courtesy of Julian K. Robinson

In our area, he’s a leader

in emptying a full bird-feeder.

At daylight, he usually beats a path

to drink from the lawn bird bath.

And after he saw two big crows do it,

he helped himself to the small birds’ suet.

If the neighborhood cat becomes a pest,

he hustles back to his tree-top nest.

And if there happens to be a hawk in the sky,

he stays out of sight ’til danger’s passed by.

He’s a pest; that’s a fact I’ll not belabor;

he’s also my bright-eyed bushy-tailed neighbor.