RITE OF SUMMER

Slowly rising like the sun,

Birds assemble one by one

Above the early morning hoers

And cacophonous hand mowers,

 

Floating warbles, trills, and krees

On the slowly building breeze

As the countryside awakes

In a scattered scratch of rakes,

 

Turning thinly-orchestrated day

Into summer's full Bizet, 

The larynx's harmonic vengeance

On the winter's silent engines,

 

The raucous clone of light and lawn

From the DNA of dawn.

 

Chateau de Chissay, Loire

November 2nd, 1999