We had a big storm last night, still around,beating down branches, releasing pent-up compost into the air.
In-and- out of the storm
At lunch with our yearly ambition martinis
leather chairs embracing our backs
looking accomplished in our power-suits
we admire our reflections in the window
as we pose for obligatory fotos
capturing another year
another growth point
another boost of productivity,
the ocean all but calm in the distance.
Nobody counts the small bird
scurrying on the sands
its tweet drowned by seagull scheeches
its tiny steps erased by waves
encircled and hushed
by an empty sandwich bag.