Morning Visit - Tom Harrington

Come visit me friend
tell me the names of birds in
the thick Melaleuca branches
out front
while we sit together
on the bench
and listen to
songbirds sing the day into light.

Thank you for the virtual visit —
I mean — the thought of you
the warmth
of you, as if here beside me
like the fog might pretend
to be rain.

Tom Harrington worked in marketing, agricultural crop development, public administration, energy, hospitality, and as a wilderness trail crew cook before retiring. From his home in Morro Bay, California, where he lives with his partner Susan, and the ghost of Ginger his dog, his first great audience, he has reincarnated his dream of writing. Tom’s short fiction and poetry have appeared in If and When, Solo Novo, Askew, Gravel, Front Porch Review, First Literary Review East, and Drabble. Tom’s chapbook, Tornado Man, was published in 2019. Some of his favorite writers are, Ellen Bass, Natasha Trethaway, Naomi Shihab Nye, Ada Limon, Glenna Luschei, Tomas Morin, Ted Kooser, Jim Harrison, Billy Collins and WS Merwin. The Cambria Writer’s Workshop nourishes Tom and his writing.