The Woodpecker’s Omen

There was a knocking on the side of my house.

I was confused.

What’s that rapping about?

Rat-a-tat-tat – Rat-a-tat-tat

I jumped up …

What the heck is that?

I looked up …

A flicker looked in …

It’s a woodpecker …

I began to grin.

What are you doing away from the leaves?

Pecking on windows instead of on trees?

Who knows why things happen so strange and so rare.

I just know that I’m thankful that the bird was out there.

Opportunity knocks

is the omen of old.

Reach for the stars.

Don’t let dreams grow cold.

Oh, Mr. Woodpecker,

Thanks for your visit.

If I wouldn’t have listened

I would have missed it.

Ruby McCall of Orchard Mesa, a Grand Valley Power member.