Bicycling along a by-way in northern California, I discovered this little section of fencing in he middle of a huge crop field. Hundreds of blackbirds sat on it and at the slightest noise the birds would lift off, the sound of their thrashing wings disturbing the quiet air. Repeatedly their dance continued.

Watching the yin and yang of their recurring dance, I realized it is similar to our dance of life: First we react, then we take action based on how we reacted and finally we come to rest with what we’ve created.

The lesson learned on this country road where the farmland meets the sea, is to be ever mindful of that first step.

BIRDS & FENCE was published this week in Blue Five Notebook, an online journal for poetry, flash and art with an edge @

Jo Ann Tomaselli Fine Art Photography Gallery:

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