Saturday, November 12, 2016

Un-Named





Un-Named

Name Steve Poem


Ash
struggles,
I doctored in
 heat of summer.
Deep soak nights,
mound compost
wide as canopy
pray Santa
Ana storm
don't strip
last leaves.
Saint Ann, mother of Mary, hinted in the Qur'an, unnamed in the New Testament. 
Devil winds wake Grandmother. Tree lost everything. Naked stands fifty feet offering
branch for Screech Owl Nanna to wait. Nanna perches in the rung near my window. 
Frame cracked open, her call wakens. That song welcomes. Less work for me.
The owl box dropped from a brittle branch. Please help me carry it up the
 lodge pole pine shading the chicken coop.
Wooden box weighs sixty pounds,
 hung in the ash tree,
 falling into sea, 
fear stops me
fixing this
project alone. 
Mistletoe lasts,
enormous tear drop 
on bald charcoal lines.
Up on the extended ladder 
it becomes Christmas decoration. 
Recall the  glitter ball from 2014?
This ornament with one use life.
Nature unsaved in plastic for a year.
Tissue paper doesn't protect the past.


A
Silkie
chicken is
in
"hospital." 
Name Steve (her name,
hid in a box for bought for office move) struggles.
Inspiration from cardboard printed with name______   location______.
Brown crepe wrapped Steve's belongings. Name Steve treated unjustly.
go sans
feathers. 
Boost diet
 protein grow
- she screams
for siblings. 
Daughter
cuddles
appeasing
loneliness.


Fall
birds play:
woodpecker, 
crowds of jays, 
Costa hummingbirds. 
Rhythms of needs simple. 
Insurance, payments for college
and snow tires do not worry them. 
Care for young, find seeds and water. 
Fear arrives and flies in the hot breeze. 
Wheelbarrow chips in the cool morning. 
Maybe go to Rancho Santa Ana Gardens,
hike the Morgan Trail, or finish paintings?
Days soar
by,gain
speed.


Caroline Gerardo Copyright November 12 2016
Name Steve Poem

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