that I have unease on this glorious green day
full of birdsong and kid-laughter;
I’ve been hearing the Black billed Cuckoo sing all night now that it’s breeding season.
In fact, I feel like a Black billed Cuckoo who’s eaten too many spiny caterpillars
& the spines have stuck in my stomach lining.
She periodically sheds such to remove the spines;
perhaps our PFN* will be shed & with him my unease.
*PFN=President for Now
(For more info on the diet of this nearly foot-long bird see the above.)
Another Inquiry (not one Mr. Mueller need attend to though): Black-billed Cuckoos keep the destructive writhing Tent Caterpillars in check; how about our writhing PFN*? (a 420 character 9-liner) (For more info on Mr. Mueller and his task see below.)
Shady forest undergrowth & thickets:
I love to poke around in such
but worry that forest clear-cutting for pipelines makes its denizens vulnerable
like that fancy Canada Warbler with its necklace of short stripes,
its yellow chest, throat & belly, striking white spectacles
that I spotted flushing insects from foliage
while foraging on twigs & leaves.
Lovely, but threatened by forest fragmentation,
not enough shady.
NOTE FROM PATTY: This week demonstrators were arrested at Otis State Forest as the Kinder Morgan Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company started cutting trees for their gas project. This will be a four-mile swath through state forest. I don’t think that we can sit by and watch during this time of climate crisis. Halting pipeline construction is part of the whole climate and environmental justice movement.
Inscribed in stone:
Water resources, wildlife, tribal communities, forests, habitats, mountains (etc.)
are our national treasures.
The Antiquities Act serves as a shorthand reminder
that natural resources & wonders
must be valued & preserved,
not opened up for, say, radioactive uranium mining & other destructive activities;
“declassified; put under advisement, written off.”
They should be as if inscribed in stone.
Join an effective conservation group that will mobilize its grassroots (deliberately organic wording here) and put pressure on Congress to protect our precious lands.
*Our President for Now or PFN if I’m needing fewer characters to stay within my 420 character limit.