Monday, October 7, 2013

Yellow-bellied sapsucker

This is definitely not the way to watch birds.

We took pains
With the sliding glass doors
In the back.
Each one is gridded
Into fifteen sections
So the birds
Do not mistake them
For sky.
We took pains
Yet still
This morning
A bird
Knocked himself out
On a door.
We think the sun
Got in his eyes.
He lay there panting
Long enough
For us to get the rescue box,
Look him over,
Then he flew:
A yellow-bellied sapsucker!
We have not seen one
In years.
Now we have.

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