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Saturday, December 29, 2007


by Earl J. Wilcox

Before daybreak today,
warm, mild winds,
clouds tossing
like restless children.

A poignant mockingbird
swooped near my head
as I stooped
to pick up the paper.

Our seasons out of kilter,
she was nesting
in a nearby tree.

This December
mild as May
confused a mother,
disturbed my morning reverie.

Earl J. Wilcox founded The Robert Frost Review, which he edited for more than a decade. His poetry was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize.