by Jim Farfaglia



We’re all out today!


From the sky:

the excitable chickadee,

Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal,

the finches, in their deepening color,

a gang of bellyaching crows,

and, echoing from a deep forest,

the ever-probing woodpecker.


From the earth:

the eager daffodil,

the dressed-for-a-party tulip,

Miss Daisy, still concealing

fistfuls of summer smiles,

and, just beginning her journey,

the mum.


And from the middle:

me –

stuffed up

from being stuffed inside all winter,

warming up under the sun’s radiance,

getting reacquainted with the world.

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