- Across the street along the tracks a line of
- turns red in fall, bare in winter, green in
- Beyond the bridge tall eucalyptus sway in wind
- sloughing off strips of bark and leaves.
- At my desk by the window I am surrounded by green—
- a juniper presses against the building—
- a mock orange spreads its arms around the corner—
- redwood, hedge, bush, ivy, blackberry, poison
- Scrub jays plant acorns in our flower pots,
- or jeer from the ungainly pine.
- Timid hummingbirds hover to sip sugarwater,
- or chatter angrily to chase each other away.
- Robins angle to eat juniper berries,
- awkwardly reaching on limber branches.
- I sit at my desk and focus on these animals,
- gripped in their presence.
- On this corner cars stop to change drivers,
- discounts blazoned on windshields.
- Among the trees, women with dogs on leashes
- wait helplessly, or lurch along the path.
- In the morning joggers tread the dog path,
- with total self involvement.
- Living here, I try to be inconspicuous;
- a friend to these creatures leaves them be.