Animal Emporium

Our back yard is a place of refuge
For many different kinds of creatures.
We have wolf spiders hunting in the grass,
Salamanders hiding under stepping stones,
A mother racoon passing through with her kits,
Mystery birds with bright blue beaks,
Little birds with emerald green chests,
Amorous ducks and one frightened female,
A red-tailed hawk perched on a tree branch,
A wandering opossum making his rounds,
Cawing ravens chasing our cat inside,
And a full supply of gophers, mice and moles.
All of these creatures and more can be found
From time to time in our back yard.

©2016 Michael Fraley

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