birds in a barrel's mission is to release creative nonfiction into the wild.

40 Days & 40 Writes is its first project.

Untamed Neighbourhood

I don't have kids so
no idea why I was
up at six on Christmas, but
I took a mug of tea to
the backyard, prepared to
stay as long as I could

When the coyote came up
the culvert, scenting.
Legs and ears loosely fitted
for a body paused in
apparent determination,
cut silently between
yards. I feared for cats.

There Oughta Be a Law

Evil Lots