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Robert Manchester


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Next to a burning
bush it stands.
Catbird singing the
hit parade.

Cat, tail twitching.

Chickadees bounce in
up, down, up.

Cat, haunches taut.

Blue jays, fighter plane
tough, soar in
to refuel.

Cat, springbok pounce.

Cat-astrophe at
the local
water cooler.


© by Robert Manchester.
Used with the authorís permission.


Robert Manchester (1943 - 2022) was born and raised in New Hampshire, surrounded by leafy trees, stone walls, and memories of Robert Frost, Jane Kenyon, Donald Hall, and Richard Eberhardt. He wrote and published poems for 50+ years, admitting that he much preferred writing to submitting, although his work appeared in print frequently. Robert especially enjoyed writing "edgy" poems, he said, about "the underbelly of life--the junk cars, tumbledown trailers, goat pens in the front yard, and the like." In addition to being a poet, he was a lifelong gardener and devoted volunteer at many charitable, educational, and public organizations.

 

 

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Post New Comment:
Ginny C.:
Fresh, lively, humorous and well-observed, this poem was a lot of fun to read.
Posted 08/23/2011 10:42 AM


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