The male cardinal is singing and
each phrase like a raised
a rain of sideways parentheses.
After parched days of sandpaper
a hesitant rain is teasing the
leaves, brushing the air clean at
Now it gathers confidence,
the roof. All the birds stir up
noisy and high pitched as a
of girls pouring out of a car
at a mall. Every despairing leaf
uncurls. The dust drinks it up.
Every living thing opens to the
Every one of us eater and eaten
pause for a chorus of wet joy.