After Two Days of Rain

After two days of rain, there was a break in the storm
and the birds came out:

a gray nuthatch hopping up and down an oak tree trunk by Willowcreek,
two sparrow-lovers silhouetted in the branches by the sun through the mist,

a spotted towhee in an orange tree,
a blue jay in a green field,

mockingbirds dashing low across the path,
more towhees in the trees! more sparrows in the scrub! —

and a yellow one on the fence, who glanced over his shoulder at me
before he disappeared into someone else’s yard —

and all around, I could hear
the singing.

jb

Willowcreek
South Davis, CA

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