Summer Solstice

June 21, 2011

Summer Solstice

Birds notes of all colors tumble
through the foggy air
and I can’t sleep.
Flowing notes are small colored stones
cascading all through
the foggy dawn.

On the longest day of the year
I wanted to snooze
but sleep eludes.
A parliament of finches sings
a gang of robins
two cardinals drop
their cherry ripe notes into the
doppelganger fog
that magnifies
every jubilant trilling.

Rose breasted grosbeaks
calling catbirds
towhees, wrens, swallows bend their
twittering love songs
through morning air—gentle doves
mourn while blue jays
jeer rude blue notes.

Summer solstice jolts me awake—
blazons summer on songbird hinges.

Excerpted from my book: The Wilderness Within


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