Brown Thrasher

(photo by Marie Kennedy, skilled birder, horticulturist, and photographer)

 

Displaced leaves signal the presence of a Hermit Thrush

hop-scraping through the litter, foraging for grubs,

sometimes pausing to “foot quiver” due to conflicting impulses:

keep shaking bits of leaves to get bugs or go still & hide?

A dilemma facing millions of Syrian refugees

who are now in their fifth year of alternating between

foraging & quivering;

but, unlike for the HT,

the future is bleak for these displaced.

PATTY

The Syrian refugee crisis in numbers; staggering but consider that this accounting is only from 2013:

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015/03/15/refugee-women-and-children-suffer-as-syrian-civil-war-enters-fifth-year

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2015/03/syrian-refugees/salopek-text

2 thoughts on “Pouring across the fallow pepper fields, Syrian refugees walkwalkwalk; Hermit Thrushes Quiver: A 420 Character 9-line poem. CAVEAT: Oops. Just realized that this is our Brown Thrasher, NOT our Hermit Thrush. I’m conflicted: leave it and have it all add up to 420 characters or start messing with it to make it factually accurate. (There’s a metaphor here also for the Syrian refugee tragedy: time to start messing with this more? Or just leave it.)

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