Portland’s pigeon whispering poet watches the city’s morning turn bright

Starr Sarabia is the guy you’ve seen in Congress Square talking with, kissing and feeding the pigeons. People call him the Pigeon Whisperer. He knows many of the birds by name and often poses for tourist snaps with a dozen of his feathery friends perched on his arms, shoulders and head.

This is the third in an occasional series of videos giving flight to some of Sarabia’s word sculptures.

When Morning Turns Bright
Fog covers
the city; moon,
new and numb;
street drifters
dazed and dumb,
nightbirds search
for just a crumb-
Promise lives
in places lacking light;
hope, realized
when morning turns bright.
c 2016 Starr/White Chocolate Books

To find out more about Sarabia or to buy copies of his poetry books you can friend him on Facebook or email him at whitechocolatebooks@yahoo.com. All volumes are $10.00. He donates 10 percent of the proceeds to Preble Street, which provides services to those struggling with homelessness, hunger, and poverty in Portland.

Troy R. Bennett

About Troy R. Bennett

Troy R. Bennett is a Buxton native and longtime Portland resident whose photojournalism has appeared in media outlets all over the world.