Steve Brightman [photo by T.M. Göttl]

Made Home The Hedges

I’d been meaning
to pick up seed for
the tangle of cardinals
that have made home the hedges
that line the small driveway.
I’d made note of
their religious flutter,
their reckless dives
between what remains of
shrubbery and cold
chain link diamonds,
their tiny persistence
through early snows.
There are small feeders
that I could mount
on one of the end posts
as penance.

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Steve Brightman lives in Kent, Ohio. He firmly believes in two seasons: winter and baseball. 

He is the author of countless chapbooks including, most recently, 13 Ways of Looking at Lou Reed (2013, Crisis Chronicles Press);  
In Brilliant Explosions Alone (2013, NightBallet Press); Like Michelangelo Sorta Said (2013, The Poet’s Haven); Absent The (2013, Writing Knights Press); The Logic of Meteors (2011, Writing Knights); and Sometimes, Illinois (2011, NightBallet).