Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?
___Mary Oliver, The Summer Day
Outside my window,
a robin has abandoned
her downy nest.
Hummingbird flits through
branches of this same ornamental
pear tree, now swaying in the wind.
The fruit on our cherry tree
has turned a deep burgundy-red,
shimmering in bright sun.
Blue jays commandeer the highest
branches, squawk at doves,
chase carmine-hooded finches.
In the cool of our home,
while dogs and husband snooze,
I play with words,
taste delicious verbs,
savor the seduction of adjectives
and reflect on life still
spinning in these twilight years.
I wonder at the brevity,
the fragility of loveliness.
Walt is hosting for us today at dVerse Poetics where we are considering summer and using the words of another poet to launch our own poems. We hope you will join us.