The birds swirl round the feeder on my deck
as if it were the only source of food.
Of course, it’s not. My neighbor feeds them too,
competing with the others on the block;
the title, ecological kingpin
is the reward. The battle is fierce.
He has a cardinal feeder in the front,
a smaller one for finches in the back,
and just for luck, a hummingbird saloon.
He needs that luck. His outdoor cat got hit
by lightning just last March. I think the birds
did it. I don’t know how. They flutter hate
like semaphore and the cat twitches back
while birds dive for seedpods on the driveway.
BIO Lanette Cadle teaches both rhetoric and creative writing at Missouri State University. Her poet site is at poet.lanettecadle.com and her academic blog, “Just a Blog,” is at lanettecadle.com. She has previously published poetry in Weave, TAB: The Journal of Poetry and Poetics, Menacing Hedge, Yellow Chair Review, Rose Red Review and Stirring.