Oo-eek & UNIKII: Ramble with the Lady

March 11, 2016

Squabbling robins barrel rolled

    through the barely budding brush

      by the side rail, formerly a trail

        above the south old clay pit


Sounded like kids arguing

   over a bouncing ball


But that came later

   (In medias res



Back in time, setting off with Lady

   our family's mutt, morning burst in light

          filling freshly scrubbed skies


Sounds of awakening spring


Robins on all sides as

    we rambled through town


Cooing sounds too on all sides

    from mourning doves 

      settling into natural rhythms

          of spring


Crossing the side rail separating 

    town from the wildness

     of the town pond


Heard red-winged blackbirds trilling

     all around the north pit


Pairs of Canada geese swam

    on both pits

       none nesting so far


Quiet, by geee standards

   readying for that serious

     business of getting busy


Four wood ducks squeaked

    off from trees by the ditch

       to the east of the south pit


Squeaked is

    not the right verb

       for the sounds


Cornell Lab of Ornithology

   describes the sound wood ducks make

        when frightened and taking flight

            as, ``Oo-eek''



   Sounds about right


Back on the edge of town sun

    shattered the calm

     through the stark metal

       of the grain elevators


(Do you hear me

    Charles Demuth?)

A grain car from Klemme Coop Grain stained

     with brightly colored ``UNIKII'' sat

         sat on side rail catching



We all want that


        sounding and looking


Pair of Euasian collared-doves croaked

      landing in a tree next

          to the village hall


Again, the cooing of doves

    on all sides in town made

         me think of walking

              in a balloon of cooing


The neighbor's black pup gave

   Lady hell as we turned

     the corner toward home


Off-my-turf sounds


Lady sprinted up the front steps

   scattering sparrows

       from below the feeders


(Work to do towrd home

   Gary Snyder)










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