Today, to neighbors, I was just
mowing the lawn. People
have living rooms larger
to run a vacuum over.
And I can't say for sure
if the plum tree is recovered
after years of drought and neglect.
You can tell the birds know"lucid and confident" indeed! Someone is listening.
someone is listening
even if we don't know
whether they believe
the sound is understood.
And every time you get too close they stop.
And if they ever stopped for good
a listener may guess
the sound maker at dawn
by the river
is the same bird heard here
The same birds, lucid and confident,
heard here every year
while traffic speeds or stalls
and the building lights are dulled
in the towering glass down river
and triple-deckers across the street.