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Monday, November 1, 2010


The call of Red-bellied wood peckers pierce the morning
As the focal sphere pierces the dawn,
fighting obliteration by clouds promising a shower.

The clouds give way allowing the sun to blind and bathe me.
Even as drops of water
compete with the light for a spot on the grass.
I hear the drops but as yet only feel the sun.

The birds, too, ignore the tapping rain
calling to each other;
The raspy nagging of the titmouse,
The distant caw of my friends, the crows,
and the closer deep squeak of the nuthatch
as it heads downward on the dark trunk of a lichen-covered oak.

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