Ode to Mary Oliver

I saw bobcat this morning 
Haunches swaying, snub-tail twitching from one side to the other 

A spotted flash darting across the road
Into the wild oats and coyote brush, bounding out past toyon 
Up a thick trail into the trees

It was hard not to follow-
Such alive wildness on four padded paws ! 
My desire to leap and scamper 
Untie my hair and run

Disappear into those trees chasing inspiration without bounds 

Some days I do! 
Others, I sit and watch
A happy witness to it all 

                      -Ruby Pinuy-Derovan

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