Carnival Yard

A poem

Thrushes back! Juncos!
Yard’s a-hoppin’ — towhees, too…
Winter carnival!

Whee! to winter! Yard-
hopping, too! Carnival’s back —
Thrushes. A junco.

Winter yard: Juncos,
thrushes, towhees hopping back
to a carnival.

Backyard carnival —
jocant towhees, thrushes, us:
oo, winter’s hoppin’!

Hoppin’ juncos, yard’s
a towhee carnival! Two
thrushes. Winter’s back.

Backyard towhees hush;
juncos stop hopping. Winter
carnival at rest.

after Brian Bartlett’s “Shuffles”