The killdeer build their nest along the gravel drive. Small,
long-legged birds, the pair of them guarding their clutch
of camouflaged eggs in the frosted grass. It’s their nature
to lead predators astray, feigning injury with a broken wing.
Here we are in each other’s path, the deception wearing thin,
shifting like snowfall on gray gravel. Neither of us can decide
what to do next, yield or turn away. The humble dirt between us.
We lean in, see how close we can get without flinching.