Counting Robins

A poem by Loretta Strharsky


Counting Robins

How do you count robins?

How do you count these robins

that have taken to the branches of the red choke cherry

that graces the south side of our house

or the aspens along the back walkway or the front yard?

They keep fellowship with a lone downy woodpecker

who carefully surveys the bark of another aspen.

And how do you count robins?

One branch to another

Higher, lower, nestled in the fork

Circling, returning

Flutter and fun, to the roof and back again

Two leave, then three, then returns more than

That sum.

All now off to new surroundings.

Their morning escapade complete.

No count is even close.