Father’s Last Feeding

(if you are viewing this via email, the website has a video of this poem and commentary; click the title above; be sure to turn up sound)


For about two weeks, I had been collecting footage from this cardinal nest just outside my window. As it turned out, this would be the last footage I got before the baby bird and parents disappeared. I know from previous experience that a baby bird flies off before you think it could possibly be ready. So I’m assuming the best!

The background music is from Dvorak’s “New World Symphony.” That was one of my mother’s favorite symphonies, and so it is also special to me. I thought I’d record myself playing it on the accordion, but gave up after I heard my first recording attempt. So, I downloaded a royalty-free copy of an orchestral version of the Largo movement and used my favorite part of that.

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