Poet’s Corner: First Bird

By Genevieve H. Abbot

Where did he go?

He was feeding on the ground yesterday.

Then the night registered 10 degrees

and he’s gone.

The harbinger of spring arrived,

happy with what he pecked from the earth.

But too early.

Now, he’s upside down,

stiff and stuck

on the ice.

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and dead robins,

in March.

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as he rises.

And we wait,

to see if the bees

are safe in May.

Genevieve H. Abbot is a retired theater teacher living in Oak Bluffs, who spends some volunteer time at the Animal Shelter of M.V. and Rising Tide.