by Rose Marie Berger
The woods along Rock Creek
are a wall of chartreuse green
shot through with redbud seams;
white dogwood blossoms stacked
in crystalline piles. In the middle,
Top-notch ablaze, back in black,
red-streaked along the cheek,
blue-beaked and pecking,
dadada dadada dadada – then flight
rending the woods,
ascreech in delight.
Rose Marie Berger, an associate editor at Sojourners, blogs at www.rosemarieberger.com. She’s the author of the forthcoming book Who Killed Donte Manning?: The Story of an American Neighborhood (Apprentice House, April 2010).