Poemdog

Dogs 2018

EVERYBODY IN THE POOL!
(5/31/18)

I open
the door
on this hot
pre-summer
afternoon

greeted
by a flurry
of feathers

check
the birdbath
to see a diminished
level

I still
hear them

rustling about
in the bushes

making
their presence
known
in the trees

I turn on
the hose

fill
the basin

catch
the frenetic movement
in the periphery

they know
that cool
clean water
is on the
way

I close
the valve

return
inside

gently shut
the door

after
a beat
the chirping

the chattering

the scolding

reaches
a feverish
pitch

such
a noisy
crowd

I fade
into the
shadows

in solitary
silence

considering
the distant
sounds

of community