Thursday 10 June 2021

Two Poems by Catherine Arra


Ode to His Parrot


Lilac-crowned, ruby-nosed

tufted iridescent green


how you’d have been a star

at the rainforest gala


if ever you hatched in nest

beneath belly feathers and coos


in sultry nights

soft rains


before hungry boys snatched

you for a dollar.


Poached, packed, parceled

incubated for pet-store prowlers


you landed in his cage

the one meant for me as ultimatum.


His house, his rules, he lost

and you, poor Polly, gazed at winter


shivered, screeched, cawed, clawed

and crapped on his rug


instead of me.



Sweet dance of my life

be graceful as the gilded wake

of white pelicans


Forging a fierce faith

into morning solitude

opening portals


Of connectedness

spontaneous embraces

unmasked joy seated


With local honey

wedge of brie, chilled prosecco

after-Covid tea.


Catherine Arra is the author of Deer Love (Dos Madres Press, 2021), Her Landscape, Poems Based on the Life of Mileva Marić Einstein (Finishing Line Press, 2020), (Women in Parentheses) (Kelsay Books, 2019), Writing in the Ether (Dos Madres Press, 2018), and three chapbooks. Arra is a native of the Hudson Valley in upstate New York, where she teaches part-time and facilitates local writing groups. Find her at


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