Bird Bath Maintenance

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Humor  |  House: Poems
A person reflecting on their bird-bath and back-yard events.

Submitted: August 22, 2016

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Submitted: August 22, 2016



The Red-tailed hawk has found his place

Perched precariously on the edge of my birdbath.

He doesn't seem to mind that it wobbles

And he grows optimistic, as I laugh.


With barely enough room to wet his body

He dips his head, scooping water over him.

It's funny how he does this wing-flutter dance

Sinking in the bowl while bathing every limb.


Suddenly he finds concern with my gaze

Instinctively I respond, "Take a bath, take a bath."

Under the water he returns, as if my words reassured him;

I really must admit, he makes me laugh.


"Aren't you done yet? I see no splashing water!"

Soon he rises and ruffles feathers full

Then off he fly's to his Ficus Shaded Perch

And preens every feather, as if there is a rule.


 Rising, I drag the hose into the yard

I really do hate to leave the shade.

Then I clean and refill the empty birdbath.

Well! Someone has to clean the mess he's made.


JE Falcon  ---  08-21-2016

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