Sunday, April 22, 2018

April 22: Earth Day

telling me not to
she would pick mayflowers
earth day

Saturday, April 21, 2018

April 21: A day

going on like that
some days even the cardinal
is too much to take

Friday, April 20, 2018

April 20: Ospreys

how high the river 
pair of ospreys circling
the old mill’s smokestack

Thursday, April 19, 2018

April 19: Color

bowl of clementines
forced forsythia flowers—
longing for spring

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

April 18: Cat time

morning sun 
cat hairs drifting 
in my coffee

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

April 17: Birthday

the fallen tree
shifted by flood waters
another birthday

Monday, April 16, 2018

April 16: Chicken

neighbor’s black chicken
strutting on the snow
spring pastoral

Sunday, April 15, 2018

April 15: Bowerbird

Today at the Northeast Natural History Conference, ornithologist Richard Prum spoke in support of  Darwin’s idea that beauty in nature has evolved for its own sake, resulting from conscious choice, rather than the prevailing theory that ornamention must also offer some greater benefit resulting from natural selection. I’m not expressing it well, so I recommend his book THE EVOLUTION OF BEAUTY. 

mysteries of desire—
bright blue objects 
in the bowerbird’s bower

Saturday, April 14, 2018

April 14: Sleet

Slow drive in sleet.
If birds, he’d be a swift,
I’d be a waxwing.

Friday, April 13, 2018

April 13: Driving stories

roadside memorials
counting crows
all the way to Vermont

Thursday, April 12, 2018

April 12: Bear Pond

private beach—
the pond still locked in
by ice

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

April 11: Frost

over the mountain 
in time to melt the frost
rising sun

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

April 10: Gallery

art gallery window
framing a flock of pigeons
across blue sky

Monday, April 9, 2018

April 9: First flowers

that point in early spring
even skunk cabbage
is a welcome flower

Sunday, April 8, 2018

April 8: FOY

for a few minutes
it feels like spring
first phoebe calling


FOY=birder’s shorthand for “first of year,” first bird noted of a migrant species

Saturday, April 7, 2018

April 7: Sparrow

even as snow falls
song sparrows singing
those emotions

Friday, April 6, 2018

April 6: Spring snow

April snowfall
we’d have thought it beautiful
three months ago

Thursday, April 5, 2018

April 5: Chipmunk

the short life
of a chipmunk
this floating world

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

April 4: White

white crocus
looks too much like snow
April showers

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

April 3: Brook trout

fishing hole
before the osprey returns
casting for trout

Monday, April 2, 2018

April 2: Green Moon

stained glass window
rising moon
green then blue

Sunday, April 1, 2018

April 1: Easter morning

resurrection
crow eats the dead mouse
then flies away