Starlings (poem) by Joy Neal Kidney

Family History History Informative Poetry


Like unwanted starlings
with their harsh shrieking,
messy droppings,
roosting in stark branches–
unwelcome, as the long,
stark and unbidden years    …

Joy Neal Kidney, the oldest granddaughter of the book’s heroine, is the keeper of family letters, photos, clippings, and stories. Married to a Vietnam Air Force veteran, Joy lives in central Iowa. Her nonfiction has been published in The Des Moines Register, other media, and broadcast over “Our American Stories.”

She’s also the author of Leora’s Letters: The Love and Loss For an Iowa Family During World War II.