Sunday, July 3, 2011

Small Talk

At the top of a silvered utility pole
riddled with woodpecker holes
and vertical splits is a foot long stick
bolted upright to the side and
crowned by a brown ceramic insulator.
A third of the way down the pole
two red-capped downy woodpeckers
“kerChup, kerChup, kerChup!” at each other
Are they quarreling?  Trading gossip?
Or like us are they proclaiming 
“I’m alive!  So are you!”

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