Written by Jeff Streeby
Art by Clinton Van Inman
bumble bees in the Dutchman’s Breeches
in this dying birch, flickers
A morning star and half the Crow Moon above the hills. A light breeze is up and the little cedars beside the road bend and whisper. For what it’s worth, last night the weatherman called for rain today, another comfort to wish on the quickening orchard.
My Banty rooster from his perch in the chicken coop is calling the sun up out of the dark again. In the next breath, he will praise himself according to his excellent greatness for the daily success of this most mighty act. With the same song, different verse, two strutting turkey toms chant his descant from the brush down by the river.
Now the phoebes nesting in the big oak are at it and the tree swallows. Across the fence, it’s the neighbor’s cows. Sounds like everything must have found something to celebrate or complain about.
And little Chanticleer, of course, has managed to beat WKZC to the punch again. The clock radio just went off and even I have to say, it’s pretty damned early for the Johnny Cash rendition of Carl Perkins’ “Daddy Sang Bass”.
Anyway, the horses will be stirring too by now. I should get up and go feed. The old Standardbred gets pretty cranky if I’m behind time with his oats.
Well. Got things to do. Got to get with it. I’ll catch Z95 for the local news on my way to town.
At home in the Manistee
plenty as blackberries
Jeff Streeby is a Pushcart Prize nominee and a nominee for Sundress Press’ Best of the Web Anthology. His haibun “El Paso: July” was selected by Robert Olen Butler for inclusion in The Best Small Fictions 2015 from Queen’s Ferry Press. His new collection An Atlas of the Interior: Small Narratives and Lyrics is forthcoming in 2016 from Hyperborea Publishing. He is a Senior Lecturer in English at Assumption University of Thailand in Bangkok.
Clinton Van Inman grew up in North Carolina, graduated from San Diego State University in 1977, taught in South Carolina and is currently a high school teacher in Tampa Bay where he lives in Sun City Center, Florida with his wife, Elba.
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