Photo by Miranda Wood


Plant two on your hill
And in fall songbirds will feast
On the seeds. Next spring

You will have one-hundred
Times the flowers spreading
Among the pinyon oak.

Red Hawk

They catch the updrafts
Like October clouds
Holding onto the rain.

Still, the sparrows peck
About, not yet knowing
It is their moving day.


This year makes eight
Summers since I have left flatland
States, crossed their rivers.

Today when someone asked,
A surprise: I said
California is my home.


Richard Luftig is a former professor of educational psychology and special education at Miami University in Ohio now and now residies in California. He is a recipient of the Cincinnati Post-Corbett Foundation Award for Literature. His poems have appeared in numerous literary journals in the United States and internationally in Canada, Australia, Europe, and Asia. Two of his poems recently appeared in the anthology Ten Years of Dos Madres Press.

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