Egret flashes white,
rises over cypress knees
protruding from swamp.
Bicycling down a rural road
in Isle of Wight County, Virginia,
I watch a white egret
take off from a swamp,
rising quickly over cypress knees.
Dammit, keep your eyes on the road,
I say to myself,
and quickly correct the bicycle’s path
to avoid running into the swamp.