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Two poems by Richard L. Provencher

Dying Young

A chickadee lay motionless
on my back veranda
once sheltered by the thickness
of branches, courtesy of an
ancient willow –
destroyed by Katrina’s will.

No longer for this creature
flitting nor bounce from limb
to limb caressing a bough
of strength arriving at my feeder
during morn’s regular flight.

Meandering from known paths
changed to shorter moments –

no longer a flit of feathery
movements – simply a mad dash
from nearby spruce
to treats awaiting
a favourite place of plenty —
crashed into my window this time.


A Crust of Bread

lay teasing on an asphalt
back dropped by landscape-black.
An offering several
swoops away
from captured attention

rustling feathers shake
into action-mode
not one to miss the lure
of treats.

A huge crow chants
raucous calls as messages
resonating from tree
to adjacent tree

inviting a mate for
early snacking and soon
descending in mutual hunger.


Richard is from Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec. His enjoyment of the woods combined with contemporary issues form the basis of his writing. Richard is now concentrating on his poetry, which he believes is like a global adventure in a land without borders. His background as a miner, welfare officer, supply teacher, newspaper reporter, and a further 22 years in social services provide him with ample article material.

Richard has work in print and online with literary magazines such as Inscribed, Hudson View, Short Story Library, Ottawa Arts Review, Paragon 111, Tower Poetry, Caduceus, The Danforth Review, Other Voices International, Rubicon Publishing, Writer’s Block, The Foliate Oak, Parenting Express, The Penwood Review, and Blue Skies Poetry.


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