Summer seems more prodigious
this year.

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Besides the explosion
of plant growth,
thanks to uncommon rains,
this week I notice
there are more Cicadeas
than usual.
There are gobs of shells
on the porch posts
and the serenading in the trees
is much louder than usual.
Too, Mulberries
are thick,
and more flavorful
than usual.

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And now we know,
there are four
tiny, fuzzy-headed
Phoebe peeps
in that little nest
on the front porch.
Mom,
and Dad I think,
are attentive—
sitting closeby on a Hackberry branch
and constantly delivering worms,
which are easy pickin’s
after the rains.
The wee ones eyes haven’t opened
yet
and they have little control over their bodies,
falling on each other
in that crowded nursery
as they try to queue up
for the next worm delivery,
their orange beaks
agape.

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