Yesterday and Today by Cynthia Alby

Forty elegant egrets
Dotting a small tree
Rose into flight, unified
As my car strolled past.
Cloud-white birds taking a break
From beaking around cow muzzles
stirring up dinner.
A lone, gaunt, wolfish dog
Passed in front of my car
On the long, quiet highway.
I pulled over
Called out to her silvered shadow,
But she made a secret of herself
Among the low branches.

Cynthia Alby is a professor at Georgia College devoted to supporting others as they discover the power of teaching as a transformative activity. She writes and creates art at “Shangri-Baa,” where she and her husband raise an endangered breed of sheep and reside with a crew of rescued dogs.