Blackbirds must be insane—

must be.


Those yellow acid unseeing

eyes leave no doubt.


And taking flight,

they swarm:


that erratic black cloud

graphs an unquiet mind.



Don Thompson


Don Thompson has been writing about the San Joaquin Valley for over fifty years, including a dozen or so books and chapbooks, most recently, A San Joaquin Almanac (Main Street Rag).  The Art of Stone Axes, a collection of quatrains, some of which appeared  originally in Ariel Chart, will be released this summer from Broadstone Books. For more info and links to publishers, visit his website at


  1. these are but a few of my favorite birds. great to see them get recognition. i mean how many eagle and hawk poems can people write?

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