Robert Charles Howard

Rookie - 346 Points (26 DEC 1943 / Wyandotte MI)

Suburban Sunrise - Poem by Robert Charles Howard

A trail wends its way
Between the corn
and Metrolink rails
where songbird choirs
serenade our morning stroll.

The rising sun spreads
shafts of light
through prismatic clouds -
bathing the sky with
pink and lavender strata.

Beside the tracks
a cardboard sign
foretells the coming
of a new apartment hive:
“You could be home already”

Soon hammer strokes
will echo in the valley
like woodpeckers
feasting on bugs
in a sycamore snag -
and cornfields will morph
Into fescue moats
ringing identical rows
of vinyl-clad palaces.

Hovering over new tacked roofs,
the intrepid sun will
still cast halos
on our morning hikes -
while songbirds serenade
from wires and chimneys
beneath the pastel sky.

(October, 2007)

Comments about Suburban Sunrise by Robert Charles Howard

  • (1/24/2008 11:27:00 AM)

    It would seem that birds will find something to sing about whatever the circumstances
    might be. Beautiful write, Robert. The last stanza is especially appealing. Take care.

    Warmest regards,


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Poem Submitted: Monday, October 15, 2007

Poem Edited: Saturday, April 16, 2011

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