Sitting in the dark in my living room at about 6:30 this morning, I was surprised by the contrasting colour of the two levels of clouds — one layer of light gray and one of very dark gray. It gave me the shivers to think of the wind and rain that were coming our way.
I was not disappointed. It blew and dumped rain on us. Once the moisture had been thrown into our faces, the clouds lifted (that’s not the same as going away) and the sky brightened up.
The flicker looked up from his perch in the black walnut tree and called to his buddy who had just flown away, “What do you think, Dear? Is this it for today, or is there more coming? Should we find a more sheltered tree to peck on?”
Flicker eyes the roiling sky
Shakes himself and gives a cry,
Shudders at the force of storm,
Sodden feathers, not the norm.
Hoping sun comes shining through,
Flicker asks, “What will I do?
If the next storm is as wild
While I’m wishing it were mild.
Friends will fly away from here,
I’ll be left alone, I fear.
Wait! I see a glimpse of sun.
Surely I’m the happy one.”