Rain date

This entry is part 62 of 91 in the series Toward Noon: 3verses

It’s the first petrichor of spring—
that musk the soil gives off after rain,
strongest when long delayed.

So who wouldn’t choose
a day like today for dancing?
Side by side, cackling softly,

the two pileated woodpeckers
hitch their way down a tall locust tree
all the way to the ground.


For a fuller description (and pictures) of this unusual pileated behavior, see Rachel’s blog post.

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