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  • I'm throwing a little garden party
    or at least there's one going on
    in full boisterous rowdy swing
    outside, on the lawn, on the patio, in the orchard, in the field

    in the rain
  • A flock--can I call it that--of starlings, robins, sparrows--dozens and dozens
    have stopped over
    on their long trip south
    from Canada

    swapping stories, talking tall tales, preaching poems
  • I suppose we're some sort of bird motel
    fast-food all-night drink-it-up truck stop on the avian road

    there's one hell of a shindig going down out there
    at the birdy bar
  • Masters of the late harvest
    they're downing the tiny crabapples
    party favors for the winged set
    fermenting under the squeeze of near frost
    into eiswein for an iced Icarus, schnapps for an unraveled traveler
  • And now
    in full thrall
    a woodpecker bangs against the house
    a robin thuds against the window
    leaves drift down like so many wings
    raindrops hit the stones
    falling falling
  • And so I leave everything:
    work on my desk, dishes in my sink, stories under my skin
    --being host and all--
    and fly outside
    into the rain
  • why not
    don my downy cap, my feather gown
    to splash about and raise a good ruckus
    to wave and flutter
    to chirp and trill

    one more time
  • before winter
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