Every morning after I’ve had my first cup of coffee
And am almost awake
I look at the movies from the spotlit cameras
Which surround the house.
I installed them so I would notice if zombies or triffids approached but really
All I do is watch the record of animals coming and going.
Last night and into the early hours
A skunk and a raccoon visited
And a stray cat who maybe lives in the trailer up the hill
Or nowhere at all.
Other nights possums come by and
Rabbits and bobcats and coyotes
I used to put food outside
When it was snowy and cold
Leftovers and cat pate.
Now the animals think my house is paradise.
They still waddle around looking for a bowl
Filled with morsels
Even though it’s springtime.