5 P. M.

  1. Filled the feeder
  2. before dark
  3. put the small birds
  4. to sleep,
  5. cut a handfull
  6. of chard
  7. for supper,
  8. came inside
  9. against fading blue
  10. when the earth hung
  11. flat and featureless
  12. as a cutout
  13. on a laundry line,
  14. until dark
  15. covered that to
  16. and then
  17. a pair of amber windows
  18. like eyes,
  19. and then her
  20. green eyes wondering
  21. why do I
  22. love so much
  23. the way things end