Court at the Feeder
The cardinals are nothing if not princely,
the way they preen, court, and spend
mornings waiting in the high branches
for word of weather and local real estate.
They see the news live from their perches
as ordinary house finches switch slowly
from drab to burnished ruby red turning
the heads of other secondary actors.
Now the Royals reoccupy the old feeder
having tired of watching spring
and all its ordinary transformations.
Ethan Stern Glass at LewAllen Gallery, Santa Fe