backyard zen

zen squirrel on Saturday morning, 9:24 a.m.

zen squirrel this morning on the backyard swing-set

this is why I keep it, even though my sons are grown

for zen squirrel, and the smile the squirrels bring me when they play and when they plop to rest

they are going to miss the old dead maple tree for acrobatic jumps and escapades

I will miss the maple’s shade, and cherish the memories made the past two decades

July 2, 2022

zen squirrel on Saturday morning, 9:24 a.m. (zoomed in)

under the maple tree
the biggest tree in my backyard
sittin’ here on a Sunday mornin’
just me and my big Blue dog
we’ve been up since five
goin’ in and out of the house
and ‘round the block
on a pajama clad walk
coffee’s long gone
tryin’ to kept him quiet
while the rest of my family sleeps
even that cat
so here I sit
under the maple tree
in a quiet backyard
except for bird sound
and an occasional woof
shhhhh
people are sleeping
their windows are open
yet here we sit
two awake beings
under the maple tree
on a Sunday morn
time to go in
again