Feeding Birds in a Park Near the Hospital - David Harper

A cluster of brown finches
skitter beneath
timid leaves,
watching me
with wary eyes,
pecking at my bread,
unsure
if I am God.

Last night
I lit a candle
with timid hands,
then skittered home
to wait
with wary eyes,
hopeful
but unsure.

David Harper wrote those movies you never saw and those books you didn’t read. He lives in Los Angeles, but tries to spend as little time there as possible. You might have better luck finding him on a sailboat in the Pacific Ocean or a small tent in the California desert. When he can’t escape the city, he spends most of his time writing or reading or having a glass of wine with his beautiful wife. On rare occasions he dangles a piece of yarn in a vain attempt to entertain his cantankerous cat.