No Sunrise

I wake well before dawn,
carry a white resin chair
out to the field road
through a constant dull roar
of frogs and crickets.

Then I sit and watch.

At first, all is black, except
solitary stars
revealed for a moment,
then swallowed whole.

The vague outline
of wooded horizon,
barn, silent sycamores
take form.

Above, thick gray bands
resolve,
stretch across heaven,
back in against
the usual West to East flow.

The sky brightens to overcast.
I carry the chair to the patio
then head inside

for a day of neither sunshine
nor rain,
just dull speculation.

John Muir and Me

On these hot June days
doing their faithful impersonation
of August, energy ripples
out a body,
then steam from the pond
dampens the soul,
removing every spark

as I sling corn meal to the ducks
and hay to the goats and horses,
fill water containers,
gather chicken eggs,
count the numbers
of all living things,
like Noah.

One goose on the water
does the work of many
in the sky, creating
a V that ripples
almost from shore
to shore,
on her way to dinner.

All the animals kick off
their lethargy
and scramble from under
pasture trees
toward tastier food.
Then the repast is over.

The dog remains on the porch.
He pants, stares at some distant point,
while every other creature
returns to its place of shade.

After stepping inside,
I sip a lemonade,
bless the distant hum
of the a/c unit,
gaze out the window
and write
of oneness with nature.

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For dVerse Poets Pub Open Link Night
My dVerse poems always seem lacking to me. Oh well.

For those of you who don’t know about John Muir.