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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.