Giving way . . .

praying mantis in leaves

Black gives way
to grey
gives way
to green
gives way to . . .

Somewhere in our neighborhood
high above gently steaming rooftops,
mists-waifs dance and sway
straining to reach
the sun-touched tips of ageless trees.

Black gives way
to grey
gives way
to green
gives way to . . .

Rustling sounds of morning air
tentative stretches and pin-feather fluffing,
shy chirps still at night sentry’s cry
Rise! Shine! Begone night’s despair!
sly humor on the wing of owl.

Black gives way
to grey
gives way
to green
gives way to . . .

Shadows scurry in shame
creep down siding, slide between leaves
sun rouses slumbering buds
sets nectar flowing, calls all to feast
welcomes bee, hummingbird, stalking beasts.

Black gives way
to grey
gives way
to green
gives way to . . .

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