‘Blue and Yellow Barn-Swallows’ and Other Poetry by Reid McGrath The Society June 2, 2014 Beauty, Humor, Poetry Blue and Yellow Barn-Swallows She made a note to note when they arrived. It’s obvious whenev’r they fin’lly do. Over the cows they dipped and ducked and dived. “They have two houses; shouldn’t we have two? I wonder where they stay in Mexico? Or maybe Florida? Or some Texas barn? Either way, darling, we will never know; and here they are again, stealing the yarn!” Adobe nests, clinging to white-washed beams festooned in spider-webs, were tidied up by swallows who came flying through the seams of wood, or glassless windows, where they’d sup their chicklings on regurgitated gnats, deftly, and agile, like diurnal bats… Sturnus vulgaris A starling’s like a waif who isn’t coached, some spoiled brat who mimics in retort right after (by you) he has been reproached. I got the gun out for a little sport. The starlings are the worst, and I would pot them all, if I could; o the way they shriek! I bird-proofed my garage; I kid you not, to get back in it, took them just a week. But starlings, too, are like those gopher things at carnivals who go back in their hole before you pound their brains in and it stings (all the worse) your red and ornery soul. Of course, right when I had reposed my gun, the vexing menace shrieked by on the run! Reid McGrath is a poet living in the Hudson River Valley in New York. Featured Image: “Barn Swallows” by Carl Brenders NOTE: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to email@example.com. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.