Episodes of Sunshine

AccuWeather predicts “episodes of sunshine”—

No doubt they’re streaming.

In one episode, sun backlights the roses and the rosemary.
In the next, it turns birdfeeders bright as lanterns.
In the third (I’m binge-watching now) mist withdraws
                                                                                            slowly from the grass.

Such a long time since morning
                            meant no nightmare, no bellyache, no sleeping
with sheets pulled tight round my neck in all weathers.

Yet I am still my own best
                            vampire. No matter how many times you die,
there’s always someone to take your place.

Just the check, please, I’ve said again and again,
Just the check. Then I get so much more.