Dogs 2012

FEATHERED SIGNPOSTS
(2/21/12)


this winter
has been dryer
than usual
in the midlands

crawling
burrowing
scurrying
fauna
find little
in the flora
or amongst
themselves
on which
to dine

their numbers
decline
with the diminishing
moisture

on fences
and roofs
in bare trees
and structures
the usual avian
benefactors
of an abundant
wildlife
scan
the desiccated
landscape
in hope
of some
movement

motion
defines
nutrition
in their
world

serious
plumage
of browns
grays
black
and white
accentuates
empty
yellow beaks

they
are beautiful
those hungry
hungry
birds

the darkening
horizon
of a daytime sky
bodes well
for their
survival

the traveler
eats another
potato chip
counting
one more
mile
gone