If you get up early and go down by the river before the joggers and dog walkers
you will be a witness to the best part of the day. Cottontails breakfast in the soft shadows. New grass is food and a screen from intruders.
If you go too near, they gather and unfold across the path
and melt into the briers.
Spring makes the river big and busy. The water splashes and sparkles in the low light.
And plays in the mud along the banks.
A loud SMACK on the water announces the presence of a beaver.