Bird's Eye View

by Judith A. Lawrence

a wildflower blooms overnight from an old clay pot on the deck

today's tattered newspaper lines the walkway


a crisp five dollar bill lands at my feet


seven birds on the wire turn in unison to the right


a child's striped tee shirt with one clothespin is caught on a branch


a large red plastic ball spins down the gutter


a small brown rabbit jumps out of the bushes; peers around, his nose twitches


broken branches, tin can covers, layers of leaves litter the streets


a creaking yellow gate swings on one hinge


white sheets flap furiously on a clothesline


the corner traffic light flickers


the sky is pink and gray with patches of blue


the air is musky, full of desire