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  • predawn
    illumination

    wispy
    cotton
    candy
    clouds
    ambling
    steadily

    across
    smokey
    darkened
    slate blue
    skies

    above
    the darkly
    shadowed
    abundant
    trees

    amid
    cacophony
    blended
    symphony
    bird song

    above
    artificial
    hazy
    yellow
    glow
    porch
    street
    light

    five a.m.
    Sunday

    awakened
    cold
    wet
    insistent
    licking


    on my shin
    above
    my ankle
    Olivia
    the shih tzu
    does not
    wait

    amid
    rising
    dressing
    stumbling
    disarming
    opening
    grinding
    pouring
    feeding
    walking
    sitting
    watching

    I understand
    realize
    the spirit
    praying
    all along

    magnificence
    abounds
    so many things
    be thankful

    sitting back
    against the cool
    dry wood

    Olivia
    sits patiently
    on concrete

    her face
    turned
    patiently

    toward
    the miracle
    of dawn

    ~Fred~
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