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Just Visiting

I was on a conference call when I took this picture and was limited in my movements. I took the picture through the window and tried to get to the door, but it was gone before I even got it open a crack. I think it is a western northern flicker woodpecker, but am not 100% sure. It is the first time I recall one showing up in my backyard.

I am unsure why the ashtray was a landing-place. Maybe it looked a bit like a nest. Or, it had a bit of water to drink. It was not used, so it was used that day. It had been raining, so it might be a protected spot out of wet and wind. This is a reminder of the old house and its memories.

Today, a visitor calls–


Lighting down,

Escaping wind and wet.

Making right to home–

Glancing to and fro,

Window framing,

Keeping me at bay.

I move to greet–

Suddenly, slipping away

Leaving, quickly as arrived

Withou bidding adieu.

About ivonprefontaine

I completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Previously, I taught for 20 years and taught for 15 years in a wonderful hybrid school. My dissertation topic and research were how certain teachers experience becoming who teachers. In teaching and leanring, I am a boundary-crosser who understands moving ahead is a leap of faith. Teaching is a calling and vocation to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what calls me next. I am an educator, phenomenologist, scholar, boundary-crosser, published poet, author, parent, grandparent, and spouse.

6 responses »

  1. If only I had a blog of all the pictures I missed!

    • I know what you mean Michael. Several years ago, about the time I began to carry a cell phone with me, I was driving back from British Columbia. As I came through the last pass, there was a bald eagle posing on a deer that had likely been hit by a car. It was right on the edge of the trees across the ditch and would have made a great shot, if I had had the presence of mind to stop, turn around, and use my cell phone cameral.

  2. As always a great read, just wondering the last word in the poem “adieu”, I lived in Palma de Mallorca where they speak a form of Catalan, and I do remember that word, means goodby in English. Just curious about that one, although maybe better to leave it curious or intriguing, anyways nice read as always and I have to say that bird was watching you, probably a spy

    • Yes, he was a spy sent by unknown people to surveil. Adieu is a commonly word in French bidding a person farewell. It means go with God/the Lord. I had not thought about it being used in Spanish, but French and Spanish are both Romantic Languages and adieu is close to adios. I think, with my limited understanding of Spanish, adios might mean go with God/the Lord, too. Thank you for great questions and stopping by Charly. Adieu/adios

  3. Such beautiful words❤️and I love the picture of this little birdie❤️❤️


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