Rose-Breasted Grosbeak & Pileated Woodpecker

Saw a rose-breasted grosbeak on the feeder the other evening & this morning on the dog walk we caught a glimpse of a pileated woodpecker flashing overhead, then a moment later heard its wiry call. Cool spring day. This afternoon I weeded the area at the top of the driveway & tghen raked in one of those wildflower seed mixtures, then I edged a flowerbed out back with stones & Carole mulched it with bark. I had our neighbor Dean, who has a gravel pit on his place up the hill, bring me a couple of loads of stones & sand last week, which I'll be using to edge beds & cover walkways. Cost me all of sixty dollars. Dean loves using his backhoe & dump truck. Me, I'm looking forward to a summer of yard work & gardening while teaching my online summer course from the comfort of my living room.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.