Sacramento Morning
Shawn Pittard

Yesterday’s rain
pasted a collage of crimson

to the sidewalk under a pistachio tree
snapped dormant by the frost.

A starling flock draws itself tight—
like a seine around insects over downtown traffic:

a feeding frenzy
above the Soo Yuen Benevolent Society.

From this fifth-floor window, I can see
beyond Chinatown’s turquoise roofs,

past the buzzing interstate
to riverbank treetops.

Inside green shadows
of the river’s roiling sound,

steelhead trout rise to the salmon’s spawn,
feast on orange roe—

borne on the current like manna.

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