Many summers
several affairs
two birdfeeders
ago, it was green.
Green it remains
but no longer grass.
Fuzzy, soft, pleasant
to look at, tiny bouquets
of wisp, what it is
has taken over
the summers
the affairs
the birdfeeders
the yard.

Gustavo Pérez Firmat has published several collections of poetry in English and Spanish, among them Viejo Verde (2019); Sin lengua, deslenguado (2017); Scar Tissue (2005); Bilingual Blues (1995); Equivocaciones (1989); and Carolina Cuban (1987) and his poems and stories have appeared in many magazines, journals and anthologies.