Backstroke

Rippling water,
The white moth
Tries to crawl
Out of the porcelain bowl.

Meanwhile, the world goes on.

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An Unexpected Warrior

SQUAWK, chirp, an explosion of sound,
cascade of blue feathers, Fountain,
three Blue Jays flew UP, and “ran away“,
left the premises, Got out of Dodge.
Hissing — the remaining — slight gray Mockingbird
flew to the top of the of the lamp post.
His long tail feathers were twitching,
[waving his flag]
in VICTORY.

BRITISH CROWS GO BRAAWK!

When a Crow speaks, it’s a definite page;
Calling all sensitives – time to engage!
The Crow [plisky] untied his shoelaces.
Is this because he doesn’t know faces?
When a Hawk’s near, the Crows KERFUFFLE!
“Get Away,” they scream feathers a-ruffle.
Long lush green grass, dark feathers akimbo;
Two lustrous Crows dance a jammy limbo.
Big Crow lands on my porch rail, silently
And stares at me — quietly — intently.

CLOUD

Red-Winged Blackbirds, Starlings, Grackles; they’re all
A response [cluster] migratory call.
Blackbirds “meet-up” in the grass, foraging;
Methodical search for gourmet eating.
Shadowy flicker, a blackbird’s descent–
Do all birds possess inherent good sense?
The Blackbirds mingling in the wet grass,
Hear the silent command, RISE UP – en masse.
Blackbirds congregated in the same tree
Will strike up the band; it’s a singing spree!