As we walk out in blooming Sunday
heavy with azaleas, dogwoods, and wisteria,
the vaulted sky looms purplish-blue
like a backdrop behind our neighbor’s house.
Down along the marsh a hawk
skims the tops of palm trees
then circles back with its eyes
fixed on our five-pound toy poodle.
Marsh hens send their clackety alarm
reverberating through the tall grass
like sonar to mark our human path.
We return for breakfast before the rain.
From the author:
At FGC Gathering, I took the “Sustainability Spectrum” workshop led by QEW and was inspired to send this poem for possible publication in BeFriending Creation. My poetry has been published in Friends Journal, Appalachian Journal, and other magazines and read by Garrison Keillor on NPR’s Writer’s Almanac.
I am a member of Savannah Monthly Meeting and of Southeastern Yearly Meeting’s Earthcare Committee.