Half a dozen gray-and-black-and-white
Canada geese swim
in a small corner of water melted
under a bright afternoon sun:
above, all incandescent blue,
below, all gray and white and black.
A pheasant skitters across the still-frozen pond,
long-tailed, ring-necked bright spot against snow.
Two swans stand
white against a plowed black field, wondering
which way to a lake?
Water burbles into city sewers,
puddles on sidewalks,
during the day,
freezes glassy overnight.
Spring sun shines,
a cataract of voters in Pennsylvania,
a flood of firings in Washington,
a trickle of resignations-on-principle,
a torrent of protest,
unstoppable as spring.