Of Birds and Trees
Strong chinook winds have driven me
The tree, the bird, swing back and forth
to the wind's irregular rhythm.
The bird's neck extends and shortens,
easily keeping his balance.
Eyes so alert, the head bends down,
first slowly, then quickly snatching
a little fruit, swallowing it
whole. Then he's off, another tree.
Birds don't stay long in one place. Or
is this just the way of birds and
trees? One must do the work of
staying put, roots firmly grounded
in rocky soil, new fruit each year;
while the other, flying freely
to unknown places, carries with
him the seeds of falls yet to come.
(Photo: Mountain Ash,
South-facing Window; (Sorbus aucuparia)
Click on window to see The Open Window, November and December)
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