Barnyard Concert at Dusk

Kimberly Johnson

stadium of tiered strains
crickets getting on key
off-key bleating goats
sound-boosting rooster straining in
heckling-cackles from the hens
melodic symphony of songbirds
grunty strumming backbeat pig
headbang-drumming woodpecker
string-section grasshoppers’ lilting cadence
high-trilling tree frogs
windchimes ring
porch swing chain keeping tempo
as we sway
to this cacophonous
sunset serenade


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