Walking, I hear wing beats like oars in an unseen river. A pileated, a jay, then three ravens wheeling in a circle above me before making their way east. The oaks shiver, shake off the rain caught overnight. I step over ghost pipes bursting through leaf litter. Three years ago, a white deer came out of these hemlocks to watch me climb out of a car, just home from the ICU. I learn that after drought, rain is nectar. The thrush, the sparrow sing for the joy of it— even though their nests are spent. I learn that omens are everywhere. Patricia Thrushart Patricia Thrushart writes poetry and historical nonfiction. Her fourth and latest book of poems, Inspired By Their Voices: Poems from Underground Railroad Testimonies, was put out by Mammoth Books. Her poems have been published in numerous journals. She is co-editor of the blog and anthology series for North/South Appalachia and co-founder of the group Poets Against Racism USA. In 2021 her work was chosen for an anthology of Ohio Appalachian voices, and for the Women of Appalachia Speaks series.