Wednesday, April 16, 2008

The Bird Photographer's Lament
Or, To the Ones Who Got Away

Roufous hawk flies circles
Banks into the sun
White commas flash on wingtips
No pics, not even one.

Framed by leafless branches
Light shines through feathers bright
Kestral kites not moving
No pics, yes, that's right.

Breast scarlet, vermilion, crimson
Eye and wing jet black
Battery dies in camera
No pics, alas alack.

Prairie Warbler trilling softly
In canebrake beneath the tree
Soft streaks on yellow breast
No pics -- Hey, this one took, YIPPEE!

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