Spring 1991 • Vol. XIII No. 2 Poetry |

House Wrens

           Troglodytes aedon The day the wrens moved inI found myself master of nothing. All the plansI'd laid—mitered corners, pitched roof, the door hole small enough to keep out rotund sparrows—why, all my painstaking ladder–climbing, sun-plotted placementfor shade and shelter twelve feet up the south side of my barn    went to ingrates. I know what I expected.I know what I got—suspicion, scolds, pinwheeling flybys and songs that meant "back off,"as if I were some squat- minded starling.        Suffer the little children it saysand I did. They grudged me fixture status in the greening spring, binoculared, wishing to help in their nesting,sold on that simple model for a life -food, offspring, someplace out of the rain.       Finally, was just ignored. When they left for good, it had nothing to do with me.I cleaned the twigs out until the wren house lay vacantabove me, their tender, who makes way for what th

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