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Wind picked up
last night
as neighbors sat long
around the table,
sharing, laughing at
the stories of our lives
on the farm.
We all heard rain—
and exclaimed—
at the same time,
and all chuckled together
when it turned out to be
“the ten drops”
we routinely get
these last many months.
The wind howled
all night.
This morning,
bird feeders were on the ground,
my cat-proof bird bath contraption
strewn about the yard.
A tiny Chickadee clung
to one still-hanging bird feeder,
taking a wild ride.
The water bowls were frozen
because of the wind.
When I filled them with fresh water
the wind blew some of it away.
And then jillions
(well, 25-30) Red-Winged Blackbirds
came to drink.
Red-bellied Woodpecker
and half-a-jillion Sparrows,
and a couple of Eurasian-Collared Doves
(yesterday, there were 10 of them!)
and a couple of Meadowlarks
crowded around the water,
flying up into the Hackberry,
back down again
to drink.
And then,
amidst the flock of brown and black birds,
a flash of Cornflower Blue.
A couple of Eastern Bluebirds
were trying to find their way
onto the rim of the water bowls.
And then a flash of red—
a male Cardinal—
and rust,
the female.
The colors,
shining,
helped me see,
beyond dried brown and tan grasses
blowing in the cold wind,
sunlight.

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