Afternoon Rain

Robin zooms from a wavering power line
and bounds into soaked, front-yard grasses
like a young child running whimsically into
a wide-opened playground.

Strutting and skipping in a sudden straight-line fashion,
he pecks dark, dampened dirt like a chicken sorting seeds.
He salutes the moment in a dead-in-the-tracks stop.

Lifting a wet head toward millions of glorious raindrops,
he tilts his mouth in open-beak design. ‘Tis time. ‘Tis time.

One quick peck finds the prize, a juicy wiggler,
a rambunctious, squirming one, a gymnast of sorts,
enjoying playfulness in wet grasses just as much–
but not quite as content in this gentle afternoon rain.

 

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4 comments

  1. Jan,

    Love it, love it, love it!!!

    Especially

    “Strutting and skipping in a sudden straight-line fashion,
    he pecks dark, dampened dirt like a chicken sorting seeds.
    He salutes the moment in a dead-in-the-tracks stop.”

    Aces!

    Sarah

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    • Hello, Dee,

      Watching nature in June is always interesting. Often I observe springtime’s world from my front porch; I’m never disappointed because there is always a show of some kind. It’s delightful to view springtime’s offerings. And birds? I could watch them for hours. Thanks for taking time here today, Dee. It’s nice to see you.

      Jan

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  2. Hi Jan

    “Strutting and skipping in a sudden straight-line fashion,
    he pecks dark, dampened dirt like a chicken sorting seeds.
    He salutes the moment in a dead-in-the-tracks stop.

    Lifting a wet head toward millions of glorious raindrops,
    he tilts his mouth in open-beak design. ‘Tis time. ‘Tis time”
    I
    This is delightful and captures the fascinating yet joyously inviting behavior of birds. I feel the rain and the exulted sense of joy both bird and viewer share. Thank you for sharing this one — I am always drawn to poems about rain, birds and the sheer presence of someone watching in the distance.

    Thank you!
    Wendy

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