She foresees an early spring,

winter warm as we brand calves

in the open space between rains


this ground and cattle need

as much as we for our sanity.

The finches vie for corners


in the post and beams

that hold the roof and summer sun

at bay. Fat ground squirrels play


grab-ass, warming-up  

for the real thing, planting seed

for fresh armies of vermin


to attack the garden.

Already the love songs

of a hundred coyotes


fill our dark canyon

from dusk to dawn—invite

the dogs to sing along.


One never knows about the weather—

it can do anything anytime it wants

to make geniuses or fools of us all.

3 responses to “JANUARY 2022

  1. I don’t usually break out into laughter in the middle of my morning breakfast routine, but your description of the fat ground squirrels did it for me this morning, John. Thank you!

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  2. Pretty much cover most of the important stuff.


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