Instructions

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Instructions

The sign dictates: Watch Out for Mountain Lions

I study the twisted cracked cottonwoods

The morass of dry underbrush

The decaying limbs long ago fallen

The pond I pass reflects the calm of the day

With an occasional trout disturbing the placid water

Nearby the river smooth-talks the stones along its way

Without much effort as it travels on.

However, the sign dictates: Watch out for Mountain Lions

I have sighted an eagle eyeing a mouse

Not protected by the morass of dry underbrush

The raptor’s definitive landing

In the twisted cracked cottonwoods

Readies that mouse lunch.

I watch my step as a slithering grass snake still safe

In the decaying limbs long ago fallen

Strikes out at an unsuspecting toad.

But I am sure to Watch Out for Mountain Lions

01/11/2021


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