bird walk

My sister and her husband have become bird photography enthusiasts.  They send us internet photo albums of their snaps from excursions to see birds in their habitats or at sanctuaries and zoos where they are seeing birds both familiar and rare.

So here is my poetic tribute to the native birds I see in my neighborhood all year:


Sighting I

flash of feathered wing
‘midst downy buds, petals soft
all call welcome spring

Sighting II

hidden cup of nest
curved and bound with twig and down
hollow, hallowed, rest

Sighting III

dappled light dances
on burgeoning branch of green
summer’s sunlight gleams

Sighting IV

leaf and bough are loosed
with autumn’s shifting breezes
knots of nests remain

Sighting V

days are short and dark
trumpeter swans wing northward
storm clouds threaten rain


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