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Rain after the rain has ended

The birds shake loose

with random patter

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drops caught in limbs,

crooks of trees,

and strands of drooping clematis.

In a wet flurry they swoop

down from perches

into puddles, their wings

blue oars paddling

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small ponds

while the jay scales his notes

like the gondolier's song

skimming along

the canals of Venice.