today at the toledo zoo
so many beautiful animals
the birds – stunning
the very curious and friendly woodpecker
hanging on the screen following us around
staring and blinking
so cute and cheery
reaching over to touch it
quickly reminded me
how it got its name
when it pecked my finger
with the memorable touch of
a sewing machine needle/jack hammer
decided right there and then
to just admire each other from afar in the future.
“all bad jazz sounds like woody woodpecker.”
-leo kottke – musician
image credit: Woody Woodpecker – Walter Lantz Studio, Universal Studios
there is not a bird meeting
going on way up high and overhead
it’s good to be aware
have a plan
for when the sentinels
guarding their castle
make their move.
“there’s always a reason to look up.”
friends meet under the bridge
and relax into an after-dinner chat.
“I’d be smiling and chatting away,
and my mind would be floating around somewhere else
like a balloon with a broken string.”
Ann Arbor, mi – summer 2019
starlings come together and move into the shape of a giant bird.
kinders come together to see if the birds are eating the food they’ve left for them
“do not the most moving moments of our lives find us without words?”
credits: guy benson, attenborough nature preserve, bbc news east midlands
walking through a park
on a beautiful day
looking up to the sky
quietly sitting way up there
was a very polite and interested audience
it was standing room only.
“ive never had any idea that what I like would resonate with the audience, and i’m pleasantly surprised when it does.”
-tom petty (r.i.p.)
south pond park, ann arbor, michigan, usa
today, mr. roger, our snowplow driver
came back to our room
and brought some of his favorite birds to meet us
these two are chickens named marco polo and maranella
and they are married.
his granddaughter has a chicken for a pet and reads with it
and he really loves birds
even more than snowplowing.
mr. roger even showed us some of maranella’s treasures – her eggs
and we had the chance to gently touch everything and ask all kinds of questions.
it was amazing because he knew all of the answers.
he sure knows a lot about a lot.
“if I hadn’t started painting, i would have raised chickens.”
at the nature center for grandie v’s 6th birthday celebration
the scientist helps us to measure our wingspans
before we take a stroll outside to find this beautiful bird
rescued and healing a broken wing
whose wingspan we hope will return one day
and we are grateful to have our wings.
“happiness makes up for height for what it lacks in length.”
to see when the birds will come
to eat the treats
they’ve made for them
and hung up high in the trees
so they don’t go hungry in the winter’s snow.
“be grateful for luck. pay the thunder no mind – listen to the birds. and don’t hate nobody.