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

       Shakespeare)

 

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''

 

``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

               eyes

 

We all want that

    ``UNIKII''

        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)

 

``UNIKII''

 

``Oo-eek''

 

 

 

 

 

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