Actions of Science

(I wrote this last February, never posted it…what’s wrong with me?)

The clothes dryer’s heat vapor blows up in tendrils

puffing over the porch

crystallized snowflakes float down behind the white puffs

I’m inside drinking hot dark cocoa

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The Field of a Hundred Sparrows and Two Cats

Between the house

and a farmer’s several silo’s and monstrous see-through hay barn

Unused last year

weeds had a field day growing tall, strong, interspecies unprejudiced

Now a foot of snow

flattens or bows most of the weeds, bringing their seeds earthward and

a hundred sparrows

daily dine on the seeds after dawn and before dusk, hanging on the stems

sliding in the snow

flitting here and there in groups, singly, constantly keeping eyes out

for two black cats

living under the porch that crash the birds’ dining, hoping to glean their own

stray little delicacies

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TR

Marshmallows and Cupcakes

“Look, giant cupcakes!” announced the Husband looking to the left at two huge dark evergreen bushes cut cupcake-shaped with a thick layer of white snow-icing decorating their large tops

Later

“Get a load of those huge marshmallows!” said the Husband looking to the left at long rows of large white plastic wrapped rolled hay bales appearing like nothing more than monster-sized edible marshmallows

Apparently, it was one of those food-on-the-mind-days for the Husband

TR

Printmaking, Feline-style

An early-rising printmaker had placed

delicately carved cat paw prints in a straight line

toward the weedy wilds of an

unplowed field but just at the edge of the

first line of bowed snow-laden

weeds the artist had changed direction

placing more prints in a new line

returning to civilization…after all

it is very cold very gloomy and very Monday

when less serious artists still sleep

TR