bright prize

oh, you should see the sparkling light through wet trees
as the birds come and go from their feeders this morning wild
wind flapping all the new leaves like green prayer flags and
even the clumsy gray squirrel comes by slipping on the wet porch railing
and lands with a thump that startles me up from my coffee cup
then he jumps into the blooming magnolia tree and nips a whole pink blossom free
oh, you should see him with that huge flower in his mouth
turning his head from side to side in the sun as if showing off his bright prize!

kz 2017

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