Do You See?
Smack in the middle of the town, from across a bridge over a creek. Cars and people went over while the heron stood in a meditative stance down below in the flowing creek which seemed to have pretty strong currents. My tiny digital cam doesn’t allow superb close ups. Just have these that I clicked.
Yes, A HERON. Not a flock, but a smart, cool, confident heron!
Have a dekko:
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Oh, and don’t miss this heron poem:
|by David Baker|
heron is gray, not blue, but great enough against brown-tipped bowed cattails to be well-named, is known for its stealth, shier than a cloud, but won't fly or float away when it's scared, stands there thinking maybe it's invisible though it's not—tall, gray, straight as a pole among the cloudy reeds. Then it picks up one stem leg. This takes time. And sets it down just beyond the other, no splash, breath of a ripple, goes on slowly across the silt, mud, algae- throttled surface, through sedge grass, to stand to its knees in water turning grayer now that afternoon is evening. Now that afternoon is evening the gray heron turns blue, bluer than sky, bluer than the mercury blue-black still pond. So when did it snag the bullfrog hanging, kicking, in its scissor beak? To look so long means to miss the sudden. It strides around like a sleek cat from pond to bank and back, blue tall bird, washing the frog, banging it against stones, pecking almost as if it doesn't know what to do now that it's caught such a thing. How fast its beak must be to shoot out like an arrow or that certain—as it's called— slant of light. Blue light. Where did it go? ***
I will never give up longing. I will let my hair stay long. The rain proclaims these trees, the trees tell of the sun. Let birds, let birds. Let leaf be passion. Let jaw, let teeth, let tongue be between us. Let joy. –from "Let Birds" by Linda Gregg