variegated shades of green
wave overhead
wisps of blue fade and in out of focus
neighborhood birds raise their song
adding to the cacophony
of mooing cows, rambling school buses, barking dogs and laughing children
patterned blue pillows contrast against
dappled shade
on red chaise cushions
wind, invisible yet present, toss loose strands of
hair around my face
behind brown-tinted glasses I watch as
barn swallows cut through the sky with the sharpness of their wings
eyelids heavy
head droops
naps come easy
in the country
at midday in the Midwest


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