Birds near and far

by Linda Fuller

Close to home
flickers drum a come-hither
cadence in my metal chimney
while crows greet me with polite caws
then poop the food I’ve fed them
on my patio

Farther away
vultures, entrepreneurs of carrion culture
feast on the deer departed
(I can see the dinosaur in you
the cold and prehistoric genome peeking through)

And on the shore of a landlocked sea
the largest of their kind
let fly from their throats
a raucous chorus
a Caspian tern of phrase


Author's Note: This was a punchline in search of a poem

Posted on 08/30/2022
Copyright © 2023 Linda Fuller

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 09/06/22 at 10:52 PM

For the birds, this one! I enjoyed it. Our son had a running battle with a flicker at his eaves metal grates this year. Our daughter was excited to have us hear the terns in the Seattle area - quite the squawk!! Great phrase - "the deer departed." Thanks!

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