• Birds of a feather, flocking together, with the neighbor’s wandering turkey hen. 2017.

    two bantam roosters and a turkey hen

  • Guardian of the Bamboo Forest, issuing a warning, or perhaps making a prophecy. Can’t be sure.

  • "You like cats," she said.

    A statement, not a question: we were both wearing face masks with cat pictures, in the check-out line. I nodded.

    “I got eleven of them, twelve if you count the one buried in the yard.” Seeing my interest, she added, “And I got two possums, three raccoons, and a couple of rats.”

    She told me that one of the raccoons comes up to the sliding door because she feeds it hot dogs.

    I said, “If I were a raccoon, I would show up for hot dogs.”

    We nodded together about hot dogs. And then I had to pay, and go.

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