I approximate to stay on the edge of my learning.
I read, listen, & make connections.
Often I do this frenetically so as not to fall prey to conspiracy-theorist,
Fox News predator types.
I like the mindset of that beekeeper
watching the capture of a huge bee swarm in Times Square.
He estimated the swarm size to be 20,000.
Are you sure? No, he says, but, to be sure all you need to do is
count the legs & divide by 6.”
Spectacular: Vermillion Flycatcher!
A multi-syllabic name for a multi-gorgeous bird
who makes a shallow cup nest of twigs & soft matter,
lines it w/ hair & finishes it w/ lichen
where the high desert meets the mountains in Big Morongo Canyon.
I came upon a nest in the horizontal fork of a tree just off the trail.
Big Morango is designated an “IBA,” Important Bird Area.
This label will help the VF etc be.
Designate Earth an “Important Area” like the Important Bird Area designations for sites of outstanding value; do it for the Vermillion Flycatchers and our kids’ kids’ kids. (420 characters in 9 lines)
Finding a new use for an old item or idea is what the Deer Mouse does:
She thatches leaves into a roof for an old bird’s nest,
filling it with nuts, seeds, dried beetles, feathers & thistle down,
This first snow insulates her winter getaway.
I watch her scurry 50’ up the tree trunk,
pause to survey w/ her large ears twitching, then slip inside.
I’m awed & reminded to search out new purposes,
to be a finder.