This week, I spotted 4 vultures in a tree in our yard, a wandering turkey two houses down, two ducks enjoying a conjugal visit in a local pond, and cardinals and mockingbirds, in particular, establishing territory. I also spotted two couples from our neighborhood who came over for an outdoor, socially distant cocktail (on different afternoons).
I was kind-of worried about the vultures, but a red-tailed hawk hustled them along and they haven’t been back. I haven’t found a carcass of any sort in the yard.
All this put me in mind of a poem by Mary Oliver…
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Thank you, Steve & Mary Jo Shankle and Charlie & Lawrence Cook for being willing to come over. And help keep us sane. xoxo
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(Print of the Oliver poem at Etsy here.)