A New Month

Meticulously & peacefully, woodpecker is hammering

Alas, there’s smog on the air

Meaning, a hot day of Eastern wind we’re expecting

Fresh coffee, for a moment, diminishes my care



First time ever

Heard in my neighborhood

Bird populations aren’t forever

Parrots left; cuckoos came; not for good



Summer has come

Once we hear the cuckoo

And the pheasant’s scream too

Each season its own drum