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It was a thrill
late yesterday afternoon
to see Lady Bugs on the back door screen.
In this time of everything’s changing—
when the common signs of season change
are not so reliable—
it was a happy surprise
to see these tiny red and orange
polka dotted balls
scurrying across the sunlit walls of the house
looking for a way
in.
I opened a bedroom window,
hoping they’d find their way under the screen.
They like the big fig tree in the bedroom.
I filled the bowl of water
under the ceiling-high tree,
for their winter drinking.
Upon further investigation,
they were already finding their way in
between the French doors,
prowlingexploring walls, ceiling inside—
home,
for winter.

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