James G. Piatt

Images on a Late Winter Afternoon

I imagine I hear people in picture frames
Whispering secrets across the room,

I watch Redheaded woodpeckers startling
Timid sparrows near the bird feeder,

I see shadows from sycamore trees casting odd
Visions of past winters on rooftops,

I observe pairs of Red Shouldered Hawks soaring
High in the heavens unrestricted by earthly wiles,

I close my eyes and see brief images of a spring day
As winter’s visions fade into eternity.

And my mind is forming new visions of red and
Yellow roses in the herb garden for spring.


James G. Piatt, a retired professor and octogenarian, has had three collections of poetry, The Silent Pond, Ancient Rhythms, and Light, over 1,155 poems, four novels, and 35 short stories published. His poems have been nominated multiple times for pushcart and best of web awards. He earned his BS and MA from California State Polytechnic University, and his doctorate from BYU.