Thursday, March 31, 2016

March 31: Phoebe

Open window--
season's first phoebe singing
right where he always sings.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

March 30: Spring cleaning

Sidewalk sweeper
brushing away winter's dirt--
if it were that easy--

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

March 29: At least there was this

Two chickens came by,
ate sunflower seeds
(almost) from my bare hands.

Monday, March 28, 2016

March 28: Another grey morning

The mountain also
pulls a blanket over its face
to hide from the day.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

March 27: Easter morning

Risen early
the cat now sleeps soundly
while we eat Easter candy.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

March 26: At the gym

Discussing crime novels,
linguistics of gender
next to the free weights.

Friday, March 25, 2016

March 25: Old habits

How strange that I'm happy
the spider's come back
to its bathroom corner.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

March 23: Before dawn

chuck-will's-widow calls
off to catch an early flight
full moon lights our way

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

March 22: Estate planning

Sunset at the beach
with a mango daquiri--
reading my will draft.

Monday, March 21, 2016

March 21: End of day

Florida sunset:
ibises flock home,
traffic light points to the moon.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

March 20: Habitat

In the town ballpark:
parakeets nest in the lights,
owls sit in left field.
Monk Parakeet
Pelican Park ballfields, Cape Coral, FL (see the owls?)
Burrowing Owls on their nest mound

Saturday, March 19, 2016

March 19: Marsh Cottontail

On Rabbit Road
all the mailboxes feature
some kind of bunny.
Marsh Cottontail seen this morning at the Bailey Tract of Ding Darling NWR

Friday, March 18, 2016

March 18: In their element

Mullet leaps once, twice,
five times out of the water,
my heart high with it.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

March 17: Cypress swamp

500-year-old trees
we crane our necks
in this open-air cathedral

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

March 16: Anticipation

brighter than any star
incoming airplane
make a wish

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

March 15: Forcing spring

The forced flowers bloom
on the morning we head out
to Florida.

Monday, March 14, 2016

March 14: Packing anxiety

Trip preparation--
the neurotic little cat
senses something's up.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

March 13: Trailing Arbutus

Trailside mayflower patch,
green leaves but no buds yet--
we'll hike here next month.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

March 12: Skunk cabbage

Skunk cabbages are very interesting plants that generate enough internal heat that they can melt snow in the spring. There's been no snow-melting necessary this spring, so today on our walk we were able to observe the fresh shoots of skunk cabbages raising their mottled heads in the cedar swamp.
Skunk cabbages rise.
Walking past we two
generate our own spring heat.

Friday, March 11, 2016

March 11: Waxwings

a host of waxwings
neighborhood visitation
happiest of friends

Thursday, March 10, 2016

March 10: Snowdrops

No snow but snowdrops
shining amid last year's leaves--
remembered promise.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

March 9: Neighors

Little red hen
clucking on my doorstep--
is she here to borrow eggs?

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

March 8: Ice-out

Fragments of tinkling ice
shatter on the rocky shore,
lake a tragic wind chime.

Monday, March 7, 2016

March 7: Everything's connected

On the kitchen shelf
wooden bird, little Buddha
linked by a cobweb

Sunday, March 6, 2016

March 6: Fable

Trickster coyote
popping up roadside
to tell me...what? To slow down?

Saturday, March 5, 2016

March 5: Crocus

Below the wall outside the Camden Public Library: the first crocuses, always
Southern exposure--
slow reawakening
to a world in color.

Friday, March 4, 2016

March 4: Mauve

Tonight's sunset sky's
the perfect definition
of the color mauve.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

March 3: House Finch

Finch sings so loudly
that for a second
I mistake it for my ringtone.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

March 2: Civilization

coffee and pastry
in a cafe near our hotel
cobblestone streets
No cobblestones here, obviously, but this part of Portland has nice-looking brick sidewalks

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

March 1: After the concert

Long walk back to the hotel
holding hands
the city lit like Christmas