Red-Tailed Hawks
sweep above the tan prairie
these days,
perch on fence posts
and lower branches of trees,
ready—so many of them—
I hope,
to bring the dense population of field-into-house mice
back into balance.

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This one is perched in the hedge trees
along the alpaca pen,
where chickens and guineas peck
their way through the day—
which is why,
a few days ago,
we barned them
for the winter.