Gutter

Something is nesting in the gutter
In the crook
In the elbow
In the join
Where north meets east

From this jumble of pine needles
Icicles leap
Sparking a January morning
Iridescent
Sun shooting into your eye
Dazzling

Swelling in March
Rain sluicing to the pavement
Waterfall
of frustration
Household chore; more maintenance
Fucking clogged gutter

Finches! arrive in April
He sings to her, dancing with twig in beak
“Here, Home, Safe, Secure, Here, Here”
Stacking hopeful little branches
They build a home in the gutter

   ~mcd, 2017

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