Happiness Where You Find It by Brian Beatty

I’m sitting on a kitchen chair watching

our neighborhood’s black squirrel

chase itself up the birch tree next door

when a bluebird


out of nowhere flies

into the window hard enough

to crack the glass.


That poor helpless bird

twitches in the back yard dirt, stunned.


The orange half-blind cat in here twitches, too.


Brian Beatty
Brian Beatty

Brian Beatty is the author of two recent poetry collections, Brazil, Indiana (Kelsay Books, 2017) and Coyotes I Couldn’t See (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2016). His writing has also been featured in public art projects and on public radio. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.