You do your thing. I’ll watch birds.
Life is like being held hostage by someone I don’t want to leave.
but though I have looked everywhere, / I can find nothing / to give myself to: / everything is / magnificent with existence — A. R. Ammons
I will give you four names because you change with each season.
Platinum sky. Church bells. A robin reflected in the birdbath.
And if you are not a bird, then beware of coming to rest above an abyss. ― Friedrich Nietzsche
I’m trying to forget people.
My poems are as brambled as my mind.
I avoid showing you the things I love because I am afraid you will not love them.
We rake leaves while leaves fall.
A bald eagle flew right over my head today.
American tree sparrows look like my grandmother’s embroidery.
Windy day. An American kestrel clutches the top of a purple martin house.
Four drops of oil glint at the top of an oak tree. The European starlings have arrived.
Sweet wren. You only come out when I’m standing near the feeder. I’m beginning to think you like my company.
We followed a murmuration of starlings along a country road. It pulsed open and closed — a world expanding and collapsing.
Bagging leaves, we make way for winter.
We’ve had our driest fall in fifteen years, which has affected our wetlands. It’s raining this morning. I’m off to kiss the raindrops.
Red-bellied woodpecker: In this light, you are wearing a faded clown costume.
Northern flicker: Your spotted belly mirrors the sweetgum seed pods dangling behind you.
When I’m still, the birds stop seeing me.
The rain was light and inconsequential. Clay hardens beneath my feet.