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Trans-species phonology

A robin starts up from stone to trellis

Each wing-beat, heart-beat, at a speed to match

His mind's swift motion

He perches, surprised, beside somnolent starlings

Their screams silenced and ravenous feeding suppressed


Damp from a dunking, they resume grooming

Rapid-fire claws scratch

At head and chest

They are drops from the sea of the flock

Later, a mysterious magnetism draws them

Back into wholeness

Below, a blackbird lays claim to squirrel-scattered seeds*

Above, robin and starling exchange glances:

What is contained

In that inter-avian parlay?

*this has been edited since it was originally posted.

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14 de jun. de 2022

The poem is a delight! Good last line and I've learned what 'phonology' means :-)

14 de jun. de 2022
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Right - I'm going to change it!!!!

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