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Monday's Poem
Photograph by Michael Mullan

Sheila Martindale is the author of eight books of poetry, one play and countless articles and reviews. She is in demand as an editor and adjudicator, and teaches occasionally at the University of Western Ontario.

Link: South Western Ontario Poetry (SWOP)

© Sheila Martindale

Empty Nest

The cup-shaped nest
has been empty for some time now
the fledglings having been edged out
and found their wings
But still the barn swallows
defend it dive-bombing me
as I sit on the porch with my tea
chattering angrily for my invasion
of their territory
I should not complain
if this lively pair claims the space
between lightshade and soffit
such a small corner to share
so short a time
before winter silences their song