Bird Wisdom



 

Spotted Towhee has arrived.
Class is in session.
In her dark hoodie, flashing
flamboyant rufous sides,
she teaches first that edges are safest.
Boogying in the birdbath
or rustling in a shower of dew,
she takes her pleasures.

 

Hop in,
hop back.
Stop and stare.
 
A feathered instruction book for life:
Dance when you can.
Sometimes a spit bath is just right.
Remember to hit the pause button.
Put your whole self in-
if it’s not for you,
put your whole self out. And
when you get stuck,
heavens, turn yourself around.
 
Zen from a bird:
That’s what it’s all about.
 
 Lucy Griffith Copyright 2017
 
Lucy Griffith, PhD co-manages the Rusty Bend Ranch with her husband, Andy Robinson. She also writes poetry, her muse, a tractor named Ruby. Current projects include a history of Judy Magers, the Burro Lady of West Texas, told in poems. Comments welcome at doctorluz@hctc.net
Cactus Wren drawing by Mike Capron 

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