Poetry

Seven Birds

1 Bird and Bull The dotterel, stalking, sniping—so little by the muzzle and muddy hoof of the bull drinking at the dam’s puddle. 2 Gesture As a woman might thrust out her palms, fingers splayed, in a quick gesture of warding—so the landing crow shied in shock at the sight of me. 3 Disturbance A patch of violets in the shade of the plum tree … then a disturbance as a fossicking chicken shoulders through the luscious leaves. 4 Birds and Figs Silvereye vandals in the fig tree’s pottery— randomly striking the neckless jugs, leaving red gashes in the green…

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