Tuesday, January 21, 2014

December 28

A squirrel dressed for the opera hangs by her back feet from the cord, daintily eating sunflower seeds from the birdfeeder tray. When she sits up, stylish scarf twined around her neck, the long fur ruffles in the wind. She has cleaned up the broken Christmas cookies and magnanimously thrown some to the chickens on holiday from the barn for a few hours.

Carolina wren
in a bare tree—belting out
his cinnamon song.