is an Eastern Phoebe with its harsh, emphatic “fee-be fee-be.”
It scares me silly
because it’s how my angry Mum would rasp my name,
In fact, she used it only WHEN she was mad.
(As a result I do so love people who sweetly call me “Patricia.”)
So, this Phoebe;
is it you, Mum?
*And now, I must ask why is she following? To make me think about her? And to ponder if I am being too stern about her? More later, as they say. (These asterisk words are outside the bounds of my 50 word story!! But, mayhap, they be a continuation of said story?)