†     Raining From Heaven

       Suzanne Nielsen
The birds congregate on 694 and 61 every morning
to let go of old resentments and figure out their next
major move. †Routes are plotted in advance like tours
of duty. †These are the birds that donít fly south but
weather the storms of a barbaric Minnesota winter.
These are the birds that snitch on the albino squirrel who
empties the feeders on the entire block of Edmund Avenue
while the birds resume congregating and dreaming of seedlings
raining from heaven.

Suzanne Nielsen

teaches writing at Metro State University in Minnesota's twin cities.

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