Under the Eaves

Ed Higgins

A yellow-crowned sparrow
disappears into the lavender clematis
climbing a corner downspout of our house.

Leafed out and budding now,
each spring sparrows nest there.

A wavering tendril marks its entry
as I look upward for the vanished bird.

I am curious, nosing about
for whatever further signs of spring.

Seeing me, startled leaves flutter
while a frantic vine wildly swings
its tendril arms warning me back.
“Not in here, not in here!” the leaves
cry out, mutual in their collusion.

"There’s no yellow-crowned sparrow
setting up nest in here!"


Ed Higgins' poems and short fiction have appeared in various print and online journals including recently: Peacock Journal, Uut Poetry, Triggerfish Critical Review, and Tigershark Magazine, among others. Ed teaches literature at George Fox University, south of Portland, OR. and is Asst. Fiction Editor for Ireland-based Brilliant Flash Fiction. He and his wife live on a small organic farm in Yamhill, OR where they raise a menagerie of animals, including a whippet, a manx barn cat (who doesn’t care for the whippet), and a pair of Bourbon Red turkeys (King Strut and Nefra-Turkey), as well as an alpaca named Machu-Picchu.

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