Tuesday, April 21, 2015


BIRDS IN “El Paraiso”
A vermilion flycatcher flutters 
around the shrubs, bright
red breast, black head, could
not be more beautiful jumping
from branch
to branch, hiding in the tall trees in
the distance, coming closer 
to my window.  A red slash 
against the blue sky, impossible 
not to admire.  Two grackles walk 
back and forth across the street,
their long black tails sweeping  
the cobblestones, determined 
and purposeful.  Sometimes,
one of them perches himself 
on the dome above the house and calls out
to who knows who - a mate? a friend? us?

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