Knots in Trees

Magpie Nest

 They take flight
from the top of the golden hill,
this, after
squawking (a hard word to spell)
in the tree.

Their wings, spread
like Japanese fans
with clear contrasting
white and black and iridescent (also difficult)
colour carefully designed.
Feathers overlapping exquisitely.

The birds disappear after
riding easily on the perfect
still air,
over the ridge,
toward the river.

I look at the knot of branches
and I’m amazed
that nature chose
to speak to me.


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