I stood by the kitchen window
Not moving
Watching 7 quail run about in circles
One would break off
another entered the dance
2 went through the fence and two came close to the window
I could see individual feathers and colors I did not know they wore
One stopped and dug in the dirt kicking it up behind
The music must have begun again as the dance picked up speed
Round and round as each broke off and ran through the fence
Until all was again still and silent


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