Benicia Bay Trail

I.

Song-birds singing
in the metal towers and wires
that crown the brow of the hill
like thorns –

Coyote on the hillside,
coat the color of dried grass,
visible only because
he is loping across the land –

II.

Red-tailed hawk!
Skimming the sky
shooting down from on high,
brimming over the flat-land –

Old ground-squirrel
making his little leap
from the low tree-branch
to hide in his hole –

III.

The sunlight is shining
on the water-waves
like glitter spilled
across the Bay.

The horizon goes on
forever.

Jane Beal
Benicia, CA

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