Today’s poem is loosely–very loosely–inspired by Maureen Thorson’s Earth Day prompt to write about a plant.
On spring’s first short-sleeve day
I cannot escape
Grainy music seeding itself
through open-window stereos
Twenty-two high-pitched children
revving their joy
Mowers and leaf-blowers
and pressure-washers without number
Even the wind chimes
are barking and barking
I can hardly hear the chickadees
screaming Cheeseburger! Cheeseburger!
I seek and find silence
in the alder leaves’