at the window the birds feeding, the dawn
the dry sift of seeds – birds feeding, at dawn

the boy quickly bends to write the answer
a girl works a puzzle, piecing at dawn

clouds wipe a ragged hand across the moon
an empty vodka bottle greeting the dawn

searching the garden for new sprouts of green
the flush of a shadow teasing at dawn

Are you, Richard, really the morning’s king?
Eating cold oatmeal in the freezing dawn.


Richard Krawiec has published three books of poems, most recently Women Who Loved me Despite.   His work appears in dozens of literary magazines, including New Orleans Review, Drunken Boat, Shenandoah, sou’wester, Dublin Review, Chautauqua Literary Journal, Spillway, North Dakota Quarterly, Blue Fifth Review,  etc.  He was nominated for a Pushcart Prize this year by two magazines.  In addition to poetry, he has published 2 novels, Time Sharing and Faith in What?, a story collection, And Fools of God, and 4 plays. His Creative Non-Fiction is shared now primarily through his Facebook blog. He has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the NC Arts Council(twice), and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He teaches online courses for UNC Chapel Hill, for which he won their Excellence in Teaching Award in 2009. He is founder of Jacar Press, a Community Active publishing company. He has worked extensively with people in homeless shelters, women's shelters, prisons, literacy classes, and community sites, teaching writing.