In 2017 I tried to give myself a challenge of creating a new piece of art — a poem, story, song, photo, or other bit of visual art — each week. I got about halfway through the year before I was overcome by events. (It was not a good year.) I’m going to try it again this year, so here’s a poem to start it off. The accompanying photo is from a similar but month long “Fun A Day” project in January 2016.
walking the dog around the school down the street
we turn a corner and
startle a flock of robins
Robins! On the 5th of January!
that the American robin follows the 37 degree isotherm
flocking in the winter, seeking out late berries
but I am a magician, a poet in the realm of acts
and what I see means what I say that it means
this sign of spring
so early in the year
a week before my 50th birthday
I declare it a portent
that I head not into autumn years
but into a new spring