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news of the day

February 9, 2021

the sky so high
and warm and distant blue,
the air holding still for the last gasp
of day

the sunlight picks out
the browns and the yellows
and the stains and the cracks
of inner city walls

while in the shade the rusted roof
and the razor wire
and the mossy ledge
keep their own counsel

on the wall behind the green of the leaves
the shadows cling in the shape of a tree
and there are still quiet signs to remind us
of the unexpected rains of the night before

for once it is silent enough
to hear a distant radio jingling
and a single bird chirpily tells no one
the ornithological news of the day

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