A STORY AFTER NOON
by ABBIE JOHNSON TAYLOR
Flies buzz the table.
A cicada skitters back and forth.
Its incessant click click click draws near, fades away.
Cars rush by
while in the distance, hammers pound,
saws whine, dogs bark.
Hummingbirds flit about
with wings like weed eaters.
A mother admonishes her child to stay close
while the chatter of others permeates the air.
A lawn mower drones far away.
Birds chirp. A phone rings.
I hear other noises
as I try and fail to write a nature poem.