Before we fledge for the summer, let us join in an evening of
What did you notice?
the sweet-hungry ants;
What did you hear?
the thrush greeting the morning;.
What did you admire?
the onion, sheet after sheet, curved inward to the pale green wand;
What astonished you?
The swallows making their dip and turn over the water.
What would you like to see again?
My dog: her energy and exuberance, her willingness,
her language beyond all nimbleness of tongue…
What was most tender?
the everlasting in its bonnets of wool;
What was most wonderful?
the sea lying back on its long athlete’s spine.
What did you think was happening?
the up-swing, the down-pour, the frayed sleeve of the first snow—
so the gods shake us from our sleep.