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Flying Rose Breast

by Maureen Glaude

the scarlet V of your vest
below black crown and neck
caught my attention

white tufts on your stomach and sides
surrounded the taper
and carried on below

your dark head prominent
with those oh so round black eyes
trimmed with thin green haloes
your beak turned down
as if you were in a pout
or had a severe
underbite

my sighting of you
my introduction to this species
happened by the feeder
hanging before the Eastern Ontario
country home’s bay window
as a squirrel inhibited
your attempted seed break
so you swooped repeatedly
seeming to almost penetrate
the window, between us

white-streaked jet black wings
carried you, robin-size bird
not far from the field
where the deer watched you too

12/18/2004

Author's Note: for the Rose-Breasted Grosbeak, now on vacation in sunnier territories. This scene, and many of my bird scenes, is derived from the view from my sister's bay window at her feeder, and though he always loved this, my very ill brother-in-law is really enjoying it as he does his crossword puzzles in his reclining chair and watches.

Posted on 12/18/2004
Copyright © 2021 Maureen Glaude

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 12/19/04 at 04:13 AM

Excellent descriptiveness! A thoroughly enjoyable read for this lifetime birder. Great close off also in that last stanza with the deer watching too...lotsa impact.

Posted by Charles E Minshall on 12/28/04 at 03:17 AM

A joy to behold I am sure, as your poem is to read..Charlie

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