Mornings elude me. I don’t come alive till noon, but today, rising at 6AM, I headed to the marsh for a glimpse of dawn’s most colorful creatures feeding against a background of burgeoning light. In the pink tinged mist birds had gathered by the hundreds, a white pelican separated from its flock, pairs of cackling sand hill cranes, lithe ibis, egrets, herons, black neck stilts robotically walking, then gracefully taking flight, skimmers swooping down to swiftly glide above the surface their open beaks scooping water, leaving liquid trails behind. The view was a visual hum, a statement of beauty and peaceful coexistence so close to home, and the coral-winged Roseate Spoonbills I’d come to see turned out to be the exclamation points. Joan Kantor Joan Kantor has completed several poetry collections and has been published in numerous journals. She has won The Hackney Literary Award for Poetry, first place for poetry in The Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards and has been a finalist in several other contests. She has mentored young poets at The Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, performs in Stringing Words Together (violinist and poet duo) and does readings and workshops throughout the Northeast and Florida. Her work focuses on nature, the human condition and the arts.