Essay — After the storm

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After the storm

Quick! Look!

Close up image of brown bunny face and eye looking at camera from Dreamstime public domain photos
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Image of brown squirrel standing up in clover looking at camera. Image from unsplash.
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Under the four o’clock
a squirrel and a bunny
dine by a garden rock.

And there!

Close up image of a carolina brown wren courtesy of the national park service public domain
Image source: National Park Service, public domain

In the pindo palm boots
Mrs. Wren flits and flies,
pursuing her pursuits.

Hear now!

Close-up of a male rufous hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus) showing its rose-colored throat.
Photo courtesy of Rocky Mountain National Park
Image source: National Park Service, public domain

The hum of the hummer,
a bright zip of color
the jewel of summer.

How do you celebrate when the storm is done?



HL Carpenter is a mother/daughter duo who write family-friendly fiction from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity. Visit Carpenter Country at


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