Two fat crows woke me at daybreak
hurling their insults
from a Norfolk Island Pine,
an invasive species in Australia
like a giant weed
rapidly taking over coastlines,
towering above native flora, and described
by one writer as a giant middle finger
raised to the continent,
fitting home for my raucous neighbors
with their yellow eyes, those
globes twinned in the feathery blackness of space.
Steve Klepetar has received several nominations for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize, including four in 2016. Recent collections include My Son Writes a Report on the Warsaw Ghetto and The Li Bo Poems both from Flutter Press). Family Reunion (Big Table) and A Landscape in Hell (Flutter Press) were released in January 2017.