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As in so much of the country,
snow covers the land here.
Temperatures are in the single digits
and outside in the north wind,
it feels below zero,
in the double digits.
Wild birds feed all day
at the seed feeders.

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Early this morning,
on the back porch,
where I have spilled bird seed,
I was delighted
to see delicate footprints
in a new dusting of snow.

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I thought…”How lovely:
night visitors.”
And then I realized,
no. We share this space.