In the Pandemic, the Animals Return
Shut inside, we see them
flowing back into our lives
like tide reclaiming a shallow bay.
We have time now to observe
male flickers do their shy, funny
challenge dances at our windows.
Fish flash in the clear canals of Venice,
boars wander a Barcelona eight-lane,
coyotes trot grandly through the Loop.
The man coming out of a long coma
sees animals in the corner of his eye.
Foxes and cats and shadows
sit quietly in the room,
keeping him company.