Wetlands

All of the sudden, lying in the sun,  behind the building materials,

behind the dinosaur front-end loaders, behind the

three-story red-brick construction company behemoth looming,

at the end of a dusty gravel drive sided with trucks and

 

Wire and rebar, grass, a lake, frog-sound puzzling us,

what is this, reeds reaching, cat-tail bulbs swaying,

red wing black bird low over her face speeding, thick

algae carpet sinuous and draping, beigy green,

 

Soft and lucent pearl resting, condo, school, and business

shielding, at the end of the road occurring, carefully,

carelessly hiding, only there for your gazing, whispering,

farther going, into the shell and the beckoning deep.