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 a cooler place

Perched precariously on the edge of my birdbath.

He doesn't seem to mind that it wobbles as he drinks

And he grows courageously optimistic, while I laugh.


With barely enough room to wet his body

He manages to dip his head, scooping water over him.

Over and over his head does this dance, wings flutter,

And he sinks into the bowl, while bathing every limb.


Suddenly he finds concern with my gaze, and rises,

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

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

I really must admit, that makes me laugh.


"Aren't you done yet?" I ask when the water's gone.

Soon he rises and ruffles feathers full,

Then off he fly's to his Ficus Shaded Perch

And preens every feather, as if there was some rule.


 I rise and drag the hose into the yard,

Rising from my chair that I've planted in the shade,

And again I clean and fill the empty birdbath.

Well, someone has to clean the mess he's made!


D. Thurmond / JEF  ---  08-21-2016

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