Ivanov Reyez: 2 poems

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The wind sways the feeder
                                        Like an old lantern in a rainstorm.
                                        The sparrows ride it and eat.
                                        Below them on a fountain,
                                        Below them on the ground,
                                        Mourning doves quarrel
                                        For whatever falls.

                                        In the adjacent patio
                                        A small dog occasionally yelps,
                                        But like a sneeze it’s boring unless loud.
                                        What does it think watching the birds
                                        Unfazed in their quick pleasure?

                                        The wind makes love to itself.
                                        Its center gurgles, forms a mouth
                                        To scoop me up in my room.   


Do not offend a swan by feeding it:
                                     It’s not a duck or goose.  
                                     It will not waterpolo for you
                                     As ducks or geese do
                                     When you toss bread crumbs at them.  
                                     It will not simper and giggle
                                     In the glints of green water
                                     And dive and upend its feathery rump 
                                     As the others do.   

                                     You came to see a swan. 

Ivanov Reyez was an English professor at Odessa College.  His poetry is included in The Café Review, Eclipse, Pinyon, The Blue Mountain Review, Paris Lit Up, and other journals.  He won the riverSedge Poetry Prize 2015.  He is the author of Poems, Not Poetry (Finishing Line Press, 2013).  His short fiction has appeared in Sephardic-American Voices: Two Hundred Years of a Literary Legacy, 34th Parallel Magazine, Texas Short Stories, and elsewhere. 


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