John Travolta, How Would You Mispronounce “Sharp-shinned Hawk?” Not to “Gamify” (or “travoltify”) this 420 Character, 9-Line Poem by Patty where I juxtapose the bird and human world, the one informing or at least bringing up questions to ponder about the other.
Putin, agile Sharp-shinned Hawk, bursts from his hidden perch,
grabs my perky junco mid-backwards-jump-sunflower-seed-scratch,
lugs her to my tree stump, plucks it, & feasts.
My feeders, berry bushes, tall grasses, cut-branch piles are for songbirds;
it’s MY democracy.
& yet AGAIN this Sharpie pursues
-& with his long toes and talons, impales-a House Finch.
IS he a bully, or is this his version of democracy?
(this one gives a good look at those long-toed-talons.) http://youtu.be/YT5aWZFcUtU
(This is a great summary of what’s happened thus far in Ukraine.) http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/05/ukraine-crisis-russia-nato-talks-live?view=desktop#block-5317a830e4b0ddf0c7eca18f