remembering to slow

today, i bring water
and price tags
to the roses, to the lilacs, to the hollyhocks and the lilies
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how the hummingbird dives in and out and back again
swoop down in
swoop down out
and again
and again
through the greenhouse back door
the hum/whir/zing of its body in flight
an unnameable sound
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the amberish red-orange glow
of the red-tailed hawk
taking flight from some branch
mere feet from where i bike past
on the gravel shoulder of highway 14
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remembering to slow
i ask to be shown
and ahead on the quiet side road i bike up
a wild turkey scuttles across
and up into the green and rocky hill
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in the candlelight
spoon after spoon
we bring the soup in
to our open mouths
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the gold light that comes after the rain
and the cloud doesn’t pass over us
it passes through