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It’s mid-February.
For the record:
Rose bushes are budding.
Some trees are budding.
Grape Hyacinths are blooming—
and honey bees are feasting on them.
Honey bees are also hanging out
at the bird feeders.
Flies and wasps have made
their first appearance,
sluggishly.

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The two-and-a-half inch rain
a week ago
has collected in the deepest parts
of Doe Creek.
The water retention pond
also has water in it,
the first time in months.
It’s a thrill to see water.

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On the Sunday afternoon walk
with Joe and Maizey through the pastures
and along Doe Creek,
I spotted eight Armadillos.
The dogs have grown so used to them,
they ignore the lovely lumps,
tiny heads bent,
tiny paws
digging for roots—
and aereating the hard soil.