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Redux: Awakening in the Spring

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Spring brings a redux

of all forms of life

waking from a winter’s sleep

geese, squirrels, and other wildlife

 

Bringing antics

associated with the young

so much laughter

some are high strung

 

Watching the water

goslings learn to swim

playing follow the leader

diving on a whim

 

Seeing a fish jump

their eyes fill with wonder

attempting to catch one

missing as it goes under

 

Marching back to the nest

it’s time for a nap

mother tucking them in

under her wing wrap

 

Wonderful spring day

redux in the park

relaxing as children play

listening to the dog’s bark

 

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Flaunt: An Egret on the River

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Regal in the water

on a summer day

the egret flaunts its beauty

standing in the waterway

 

A reflection so clear

walking down the bank

picturesque in its beauty

the egret’s movement swank

 

Enjoying the moment

the egret captures a fish

swinging it in the air

enjoying his dish

 

Spreading his wings

the egret begins to bathe

splashing in the water

creating small waves

 

Finished now

the egrets starts to fly

observing the world around

enjoying the wind in the sky

 

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Notable: Blue Heron

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Standing on the banks

with a notable blue cap

the blue heron rests

looking for a place to nap

 

Crystal blue water

gently rocking waves

humming a lullaby

the heron is not afraid

 

All around

there is a gentle breeze

providing coolness

sleep will come with ease

 

The blue heron sleeps

in the morning sun

resting comfortably

till time for work to be done

 

Mid afternoon

returning to his perch

limb sticking out

it may be a birch

 

Observing the world

tranquil and serene

the notable heron is at home

he is the king

 

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Partake: An Egret on a Summer Day

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The egret partakes

in the beauty of the day

he and his shadow searching

for food and comfort along the way

 

What thoughts does he have

strutting along the shore

only thoughts of survival

or is there more

 

The coolness of the water

in the hot summer sun

joining other creatures

some are on the run

 

A brief moment in time

he partakes in a fish

enjoying each morsel

it is a tasty dish

 

Moving on

one final glance

his reflection is moving

to the rhythm of the river dance

 

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Frantic: A Cormorant

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The cormorant lands on the pole

frantically searching for its mate

in the afternoon

late for his date

 

Calling loudly

distress in his voice

vibrating across the water

his intercom of choice

 

The hours pass

he is diligently waiting

crooning for her

he is frantically  anticipating

 

The female  cormorant arrives

answering his call

they begin the courting dance

having a ball

 

Hours spent

courting without rest

diving for food

gathering items for a nest

 

The sun sets

the cormorants fly away

together as a couple

soon a family will be on the way

 

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Inefficient: Young in the World

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Inefficient in the beginning

the young goslings make their way

learning to survive

on this beautiful day

 

Drinking from the puddle

waddling in the mud

playing with each other

landing with a thud

 

The lessons come

learning to fly and swim

filled with fun and fear

nothing on a whim

 

There are spectators

cheering as they go

filled with laughter

going with the flow

 

The time has come

to leave the nest

having learned to survive

life is the test

 

It is a new day

the geese are now grown

taking what they have learned

into the unknown

 

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Identical: Landscape

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Identical blades of grass

swaying in the wind

birds diving down

causing it to bend

 

Nature has an identity

marked with every move

each creature has a hand

in making it groove

 

Every drop of water

adds to the atmosphere

giving similar sustenance

to all who live here

 

The blades of grass

provide shelter and food

from the nurturing water

for a bird and her brood

 

The banks provide a place

for an alligator to rest in the sun

opening it’s eyes

to see a squirrel run

 

Meditation over

admiring uniform shapes

everything has a purpose

in the landscape

 

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Patience: A Soothing Day

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The bird waits patiently

for the rising of the tide

having gathered treasures

looking for a place to hide

 

Others are coming

in search of the treasures

hidden in a nest

all for his pleasure

 

Walking along the bank

looking for a mate

he struts along

dancing for his date

 

The female is on the nest

the male sees a fish

he dives in

captures the main dish

 

The tide has risen

walking along the shore

followed by his young family

keeping them secure

 

The grass is swaying

the sun and water meet

the birds return to the nest

till time for the morning greet

 

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Wrinkle: Timeless Bayou

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Wrinkles in the water

spanning across time

do things need to change

or is it sublime

 

The bird waits

resting quietly in the wake

small waves engulf him

causing his feathers to shake

 

Beauty in the morning

enjoying the view

timeless characteristics

gives him a clue

 

The bayou is timeless

water changing the landscape

new plants and animals

causing a wrinkle to its shape

 

An artist captures the moment

never to come again

quiet and serene

a place to begin

 

The wind dies down

the water is still

another moment to be captured

whenever the artist will

 

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Meander: Walk in the Park

 

Meandering in the park

enjoying the day

walking along the path

observing life along the way

 

Taking time to speak to people

all have a story to tell

listening carefully

spreading a smile as well

 

There is new life

ducks, turtles, and geese

amazing small wonders

playfulness has increased

 

The community comes together

continuing to bond

sharing food and laughter

gathering by the pond

 

Meditation over

sweet aromas in the air

time to give thanks

for the blessings everywhere

 

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