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slumbering

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spring

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wakes

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from the leaf bed.

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a white-breasted nuthatch

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stashing seeds in furrows

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for a long snowy winter.

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dark-eyed junco

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inspecting snow, limb, & sky

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to satisfaction

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 a downy woodpecker up and faces the new year’s winter

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Beside the compost, under the crabapple, beneath the pin oak,
barely the size of a leaf flake–clepsis peritana, the garden tortrix moth.

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Summer azure nectaring flower.
Summersweet going to seed.

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Some parts of our nature we might never see.
But under a rising moon, out from a waning season,
an imploring eastern screech owl sounds — savor the mystery.

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