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Soon after successfully launching
their first four offspring this year,
the Phoebes cleaned the nest on the porch
(I cleaned the porch floor)
and she is sitting again.
Perhaps we’re all a bit more comfortable,
trusting
of each other by now: they,
that I will stay at the other end of the porch,
mostly,
and I,
that they know exactly
what they’re doing
and how to raise the babes
even with a human
nearby.