Nature v Nature

In Washington D.C.
saw a small dead baby bird body
disappear overnight
eaten by the unknown

In Maryland
a rabbit biting a snake’s tail
kept pulling it off the road
back into the dirt
for lunch

Pennsylvania produced
a small bird that dart bombed
a much larger hawk David to Goliath
until it fled its fury

Back home in Cleveland
black bee buzzin’
intensely watched by black cat
crouched quivering on sill
in third floor shadow
the window opening
onto the soft chartreuse
slant shine of the setting sun
on new spring leaf

– Smith, 5.9.2017

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