Ruby-Crowned Kinglet reminds me of what I miss about the ones I love who live far away. (a 420 character, 9-liner)

ID Ruby Crowned Kinglet 1b _AGK1974

The diminutive Ruby-Crowned Kinglet was captured by ace photographer Alex Kearney.
254 Macedonia Rd.
Kent, CT  06757

ID Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1b _AGK1962

Loved ones who are far away: How to know them?

They’re not like the tiny, migrating Ruby-Crowned Kinglets

I can easily ID even tho’ they dart through the roadside shrubs fastfast

into & out of my view.

Their wing-flicks are unmistakable.

& that male!

He sings this long, bubbly, amazingly loud song, sometimes with a double-note call.

FaceTime & texting help,

but I yearn to feast on the wing-flicks of the loved ones.

PATTY

 

GRETCHEN PETERSON’S DONE SOME GREAT YOUTUBES:

 

NaBloPoMo: I Watch the White Ibis Being Followed By a Variety of Other Types of Wading Birds and I Think of World Turmoil, Congress, and the Beetles. (A 420 Character Poem in 9 Lines by Patty)

English: American White Ibis in Florida, USA.
English: American White Ibis in Florida, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I Watch the White Ibis Being Followed By a Variety of Other Types of Wading Birds and I Think of World Turmoil, Congress, and the Beetles. (A 420 Character Poem in 9 Lines by Patty)

Wader Diversity
Wader Diversity (Photo credit: K Schneider)

Getting by with a little help from my friends

is what I think the world needs,

sorry, Beatles, I don’t mean drug-help,

but something like what the White Ibis does

when it wades through the shallows of a marsh or lake edge,

probing with its long decurved red bill,

while other wading birds, such as egrets,follow and catch prey

stirred up by this red-faced, black wing tipped white beauty.

A little help s’all we need.

PATTY

English: The sociable American White Ibis in a...
English: The sociable American White Ibis in a tree on the Saint Johns River. Taken by User:Mwanner, 9 January, 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

NaBloPoMo: When is a Tweet Not a Tweet or a Cormorant Not a Cormorant? When One is the Number of Syllables in an Elizabethan Sonnet and the Other is an Anhinga. (A 420 CHARACTER, 9-LINE POEM)

When is a Tweet Not a Tweet or a Cormorant Not a Cormorant? When One is the Number of Syllables in an Elizabethan Sonnet and the Other is an Anhinga. (A 420 CHARACTER, 9-LINE POEM BY PATTY)

Double-crested Cormorant

Names don’t matter as much as what things ARE:

So, “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet,”

a Tweet is also the # of syllables in a sonnet*–or IS a sonnet–

and a cormorant is really an anhinga

who tosses & juggles fish so as to swallow it headfirst,

which is what I do when I juxtapose disparate ideas within 420 characters,

a # that USED to be the limit on Facebook “Updates”

but now I them call poems.

Names.

PATTY

* THIS IS BILLY COLLINS commenting on himself and SOCIAL MEDIA (it’s a quote I caught in the NYT and reminded me of the equality of numbers twixt the sonnet syllable count and the Tweet.): “I can proudly say that I’ve never tweeted, but I am struck by the apparent coincidence of the 140 characters — sounds like a Balzac novel — and the 140 syllables in the Elizabethan sonnet. Instead of tweeting that you had great pizza tonight, why not read some haiku byBuson? Doesn’t poetry seem just right for our ever shrinking attention spans?”

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