DEMISE

by Joanna Gilman Hyde

The Hawk Kitchen 6:30pm

Scarlet Scarlet Berries

outside My back kitchen door

hit with evening sun

comfort Me as I devour

My Daughter’s Pumpkin Pudding —

My beloved Astro caught A Little Bird

thanks to Me

tossing out a banana peel

along the backyard hedge

even after I asked My Self

If All Those Little Birds

could be gone