Under Construction

At the back my backyard is a gate
that opens onto a soccer field.

I walked across the field this morning,
listening to the red-winged blackbirds
in the rushes in the little water-way beside it
singing their let’s-make-baby-eggies! songs—
because spring has sprung.

This afternoon, I walked back,
and noticed stakes and spray-paint
in several spots across the field.
The trucks are coming, they say, very soon.
I have to move before they tear down my place.

I don’t think the construction company
sent a memo to the blackbirds.

La Casita Cody
March 2013

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