a gardener's favorite of all flowers

once a week

maybe twice in deep winter

I fill up two plastic 32 ounce gas station cups

and one half that size

with black sunflower seeds, then

dutifully march them over to fill

the forest green cylindrical bird feeder

found at a yard sale a few years ago

for two dollars (best bargain ever)


During these visits

I watch and listen to the birds

on slow days I talk out loud

and wonder if they listen

as they chirp, flutter, preen 

and wait for me to leave so they can eat


every spring

some random container

in which I would never dare attempt

to turn seed to plant

issues forth a medium sized spiky sunflower

which screams about unintended results

and kindness returned


the birds seem to watch

as I am fed by these

favorite of all flowers