Something has changed in the back yard
and it’s all good.

During the summer drought
no birds were in our back yard.
Water and food were put out for them
but no birds.

Yesterday about five or six appeared.
This morning, robins, hummingbirds, sparrows
and I-don’t-know-what-they’re-called
were fluttering, flying, dipping into bushes,
sitting on top of fruit trees
bringing colour, movement, swishes, swirls
and absolute delight and joy.

Feathered friends,
the nest you made in the spring
is still in the tree
and you’ll find string, dryer-fluff, ribbon
and other things I’ve placed close by
to encourage you to make new nests.
Welcome back!

sparrow© june maffin

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