Phone, shut up about the news.
War in Ukraine, assault on trans rights,
a perp walk and its possibilities --
even the very Facebook where people
will find this poem: none of them help me.
Alert me to pay a different attention.
Listen: the red-winged blackbirds are back.
Forsythia blooms across the muddy lawn.
The angle of light has changed -- even when
the mercury drops, the sun's irrepressable.
From here the willow trees look smudged,
sunny haze hinting at leaves to come.
There will always be seasons to notice.
If all else fails, there's always the sky.