film of a seabird

July 9, 2013 § Leave a comment

according to this
field guide
the bird we saw
diving for small fish
was named by some human
as the Least Tern
unlike him, I’m not common
to the region
so his antics deserved
preservation on
video – waiting for that
moment when
I can hand my phone
to somebody
and say
“look at this crazyass bird”
they will most likely reply with
a cordial “cool” before
returning the phone
knowing it will
be a while before I see the
likes of him again
I’ll play the film one more time
before checking
my mail
my texts
my voice messages
and I’ll call my folks to let them know
we are back safe
and our stay at the shore
was great
even if it was
too short,
by some twenty years or so

(c) 2013 Fred Whitehead

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