he was sitting on the couch

he was sitting on the couch
with a laptop when he heard
the unmetered click
of something too frail
to be man-made knocking
on wood and through the screen
door he saw of all things
a woodpecker

so he went

and watched
and thought they really
do they peck
the wood that’s where
the name comes from

and the cool breeze threw
him a surprise party
in a room the sky
had painted blue

and there were trees and their leaves
were all waving and then the bird

was gone but he
stayed in the space
it left


About nosuchthingasastraightline

I grew up in tiny Lyme, New Hampshire, where I drew, roamed the surrounding woods, and first entertained the idea of God while listening to my mom's Beatles records. I studied biology at Harvard University where I wrote for The Harvard Lampoon and also began writing poetry. I have since made a living variously as a comedy screenwriter, teacher, and private tutor in math, science and writing. I’ve released three CDs of original music as the singer-songwriter and guitar player for Crooked Roads (listen to latest tracks here: https://soundcloud.com/crooked-roads). My poetry writing has been inspired by Rumi, Billy Collins, William Carlos Williams, e.e. cummings, Antonio Machado, Federico Garcia Lorca, and others. My two books of poetry, "The Morning I Married the Sky," and “Free this Morning” are both available on Amazon.
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One Response to he was sitting on the couch

  1. Adam Hughes says:

    Reblogged this on Tao moments.

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