POEM: Crow in a Combative Stance

metallic beak —
rough striations worn smooth
like rough iron, burnished

feet planted wide–
one fore & one back,
in a combative stance

head low —
beak pointed accusatorily,
swiveling to resettle the eye

then, with flapping wings,

it’s gone

DAILY PHOTO: Muscovy Duck, Struttin’ and Primpin’

Taken at General Coffee State Park in the Autumn of 2011

POEM: Pelican on a Piling

wings flare,

a nanosecond of hover,

and a deft drop onto the column —

the piling of a pier of years long past?

it waits with chin tucked to chest,

perhaps, to look down for fish,

or, perhaps, so that the fish in the water

can’t see the fish flapping in its pouch

or is that only in the cartoons?

long before I’d seen a pelican in person

they’d been popular on the cartoon shows

mind you, not as popular as the storks —

unitaskers who delivered animated babies

precariously — I might add — in loose linen bundles,

clenched into their pointy needle-beaks.

And I can’t remember how the storks landed

without impaling the baby with its pointy beak

or bouncing baby’s head off the ground.

Maybe, that’s why there are so many mentally defective cartoon characters:

e.g. Goofy, Ralph Wiggum, Patrick Star, Chris Griffin…

Not to mention the emotionally ill-adjusted ones:

e.g. Yosemite Sam, Eyore, Pepe LePew, Ariel,…

Because it’s all about sticking the landing.

DAILY PHOTO: Bird on a Rock, Kashmir

Taken in August of 2016 on the Naranag – Sonamarg route