Dawn in the Backyard. A poem by Kelli Grinich

I wonder if you will
Know me
When I come out of the pandemic
White hair streaking like stars
Arms no longer of a swimmer
But more a tree branch, grabbing at wind
My eyes squinting thin

I miss the Varied Thrush
The discovered song of morning
A single, lonely note
With the heartbreak of a minor key.


Kelli Langrell Grinich is a fifth generation Oregonian and is finishing a memoir about motherhood, love, food poisoning, and the American West. She’s recently completed a residency at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming. Her work has appeared in The Timberline Review, Oregon Humanities, VoiceCatchers, Points West Magazine, and others.


  1. Beautiful! Thank-you for sharing Kelli

    1. Thanks so much, Vernon.

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