Poem: Ken's Winter Birds

Walking in the neighbourhood
Flashes of deep blue identify
Three raucous Steller’s Jay
Announcing their presence with

Raspy shaack, shaack, shaack
Taking  turns tearing apart
A hornet’s nest high in a Gary Oak
Searching for their next meal

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A bevy of  short-tailed Quail
Moving in slow dignified
Hesitant regal steps on the lawn
Finding insects and seeds

Under the eaves
A tiny shy winter Wren
Finds shelter free from
Wind and rain and chaos.

Wild birds have adapted well to city life
Meanwhile their behaviours
Continue the dance of time.

Hazel Ross

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