Published May 26, 2023 by Nan Mykel









An arty arty I stumbled across in my old photos.

Art is everywhere!  Depends how you look at it.


Take a look at Ruth’s experience with animals:


Last year’s nest of chickadees on the front porch

Hanging basket of bright orange impatience,

All hatched, sang, tested their wings and flew away.

This year a nest of four robin’s eggs on the front porch

Atop a plastic floral wreath hanging on the wall,

Still incubating, so we’re using the side door.

An unopened walnut tucked into the wicker mail basket

Also on the front porch. A thank you for the stale Cheerios?

Two big black ants on the white counter top

Face to face, in an embrace not moving

Even with me coming in for a close up.

A pregnant doe, with belly big and round,

Resting in the backyard, watching me as I watch her,

As I suspect, I have been since she was a fawn.

Beyond her, the yard scraps heap suddenly

Sporting a perfectly round entrance hole in its middle

About the size of a ground hog often seen eating my garden, or

That amazing white backed skunk seen streaking across the yard one night,

Who all  the neighbors know as well.

Likewise Thomas, the big orange tom who left cat footprints in the wet cement,

And who I was not about to feed,

But now gets Teaka’s leftovers so is at the back door every morning.

Was it the struggling bee caught in the kitchen that I trapped, then released

Who let the secret out?


Used with permission by R. H. Reilly 5-22-2023


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