The glass on my front window is frosted up, so I don’t know if my wife is trying to watch me while I use the shovel to push slush off the front walk. There’s a house sparrow in the branches of one of my bushes, but he’s not watching me either. I think there are sparrows in the bushes in Ukraine not watching people in their daily tasks of survival. They’re in Moscow as well and anywhere else I’d like to name. Later, I’ll tell my wife about him and she’ll give me a handful of seeds to make his life a little easier. He won’t look at me then either.
About the Poet:
John Brantingham was the first poet laureate of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, and his work has been featured in hundreds of magazines and in Writer’s Almanac and The Best Small Fictions 2016. He has nineteen books of poetry and fiction including his latest fiction collection Life: Orange to Pear (Bamboo Dart Press).