Small truths

I’ve seen the owl.

I’ve seen the bobcat.

And they don’t believe me.

Miracles of nature in their midst, and they deny it.

Nothing so lovely as a grand nature animal from a Yosemite or a Yellowstone could be in their backyard.

There’s nothing here but work and cars and mornings with coffee and interminable sunrises to a freeway gray and over again.

There are no groundhogs in groundhog days.

Stop your nonsense.

But the owl comes again,

And the bobcat lives on the iPhone camera roll.

Small truths ignored by the neighbors.