two small birds eat up pieces of dropped ice cream cones— two small children laugh — bag full of quarters . . . a dozen dried-up houseplants at the laundromat — partially eaten red apple on the sidewalk . . . evening sunshower — people come & go on a warm summer evening— bitten by horseflies — lightning overhead on a summer afternoon— on the phone with Mom — church food giveaway— iridescent Japanese beetle lands on me — cool rain cuts the heat on this summer afternoon . . . early taste of fall — wild sunflowers grow all along the light rail tracks— someone’s old armchair — summer in Denver— distant gold capitol dome reflects white sunlight — where’s my pretty bird? I call for the white chicken & she runs to me — bio/graf J. D. Nelson’s poems have appeared in many publications, worldwide, since 2002. He is the author of ten print chapbooks and e-books of poetry, including *Cinderella City* (The Red Ceilings Press, 2012). Nelson’s first full-length collection is *in ghostly onehead* (Post-Asemic Press, 2022). Visit his website, MadVerse.com, for more information and links to his published work. His haiku blog is at JDNelson.net. Nelson lives in Colorado, USA.