Backyard Bird Counting
February morning I face the brittle air
checklist in mittened hand
two male Dark-eyed Juncos
one Northern Cardinal, male
a flock of Black-capped Chickadees.
I estimate forty
mindful of the growing dawn.
Lara Dolphin is a recovering attorney, novice nurse, and full-time mother of four amazing kids; she is exhausted and elated most of the time.