Red-bellied rescue

Into the middle
of blaring life
car accident
near misses
thrum of impatience
covered with
sheepishly offered
smiles of good
people pushed
into temporary
insanity while others
are simply
harsh and grasping
drops the tiniest sound

full of curiosity
and glee
because late season
goodness was found
tucked into tiny
gray-brown caverns
in gnarled
fire cherry bark

she-tree slumbers on
roots holding fast
gently aware she’s
fed her feathered kin

feathered one
darts off on another
search while I
take the first
deep breath
in hours and
count myself
and home

© 2015 Tracie Nichols
Image courtesy

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