KETTLE RIVER'S WINGED CONCERTO
an aviary without boundaries.
Chirps, trills, peeps, and calls of a myriad
in antiphonal, surround sound,
punctuated occasionally with
a flicker’s staccato drumming
blend into nature’s symphonic wonder.
A hummingbird hovers an arms length away,
wings beating furiously as though the
concert master of the forest
to a backdrop of the river rushing
unconcerned along its course, the wind
whispering through the vanilla scented pines.
A hush falls
as daylight fades.