Red, White, and Blue

by Dulce Maria Menendez

And the day started
with a red cardinal 
perched upon 
my chain link fence. 

It seemed to scratch itself 
behind an ear like a puppy 
wondering what
it was doing there
and then took flight.

And the day proceeded 
with a lost dog. 
I went searching 
on my bike for a white
mixed breed calling out her
her name. I stopped to ask 
strangers if they had seen her.

And the day proceeded searching for god.
And when I finally found her, I thanked dog.

And then the day proceeded 
with a lifeless America
drooping down a pole 
and as I passed by it, 
I waved.

I wave to everyone.
And sometimes 
my country 
tis of thee,
waved back.

And as the day proceeded 
the bluest of skies 
covered us in the park 
as you arrived 
with your rescued dogs 
wagging their tails.