Shawn L. Bird

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poem- real estate April 8, 2014

Filed under: Poetry,video — Shawn L. Bird @ 10:28 am
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The Canada Geese

have taken up penthouse accommodations

in the osprey platforms.

Two lady geese on two platforms

watch the cars pass on the highway

enjoying the view,

liking this nest.

They’re distant neighbours

proud to be moving on up.

I wonder how that will go

when the ospreys return?



(Ospreys are raptor type birds that like to live beside lakes and rivers where they are avid fishers, are partial to building their huge nests on the T-bars of power poles.  The hydro company and/or local naturalists, build platforms beside tempting poles to relocate them to safer premises.  The ospreys will return to these nesting sites year after year.  Apparently, the geese like them, as well!  This video is from the other side of the country, back in 2011)


25 Responses to “poem- real estate”

  1. narble Says:

    It will be interesting when the ospreys come home to roost. Geese can be formidable, but ospreys moreso.

      1. I will be watching on my commute! I confess to being a little concerned about the baby geese. They’re going to have to fly to get out, and it’s a lonnnnnnnnnng way down if they don’t quite get it!
  2. Bruce Goodman Says:

    Glad you said Canada Geese, although the video says Canadian Geese. I guess the geese are Canadian even though they’re Canada!

  3. colonialist Says:

    The geese are claiming squatters’ rights? Can the ospreys get an eviction order? They may be raptors, but geese have mean beaks and a bad attitude.

  4. Laine Jensen Says:

    Nice twist…

  5. FullEmpty Says:

    I enjoy your poems, there’s something of Wendy Cope in them! Looking forward to your future efforts 🙂

    • I don’t know Wendy Cope! Thanks for the introduction, I’ll go check her out. 🙂

      • FullEmpty Says:

        Can’t resist sending you one by her!

        Bloody Men
        Bloody men are like bloody buses –
        You wait for about a year
        And as soon as one approaches your stop
        Two or three others appear.

        You look at them flashing their indicators,
        Offering you a ride.
        You’re trying to read the destination,
        You haven’t much time to decide.

        If you make a mistake, there is no turning back.
        Jump off, and you’ll stand there and gaze
        While the cars and the taxis and lorries go by
        And the minutes, the hours, the days.

        Wendy Cope

      • lol Fun. Thanks!

  6. skykinwrite Says:

    The same thing has happened near here, in Missoula, MT, near the ballpark. I don’t know how things worked out. Usually geese brood on the ground … so the question about the HOLEY BOAT! long plunge to the ground is apt. And about the returning ospreys, too. I should ask around and see if anyone knows the end of the story from last year. Good poem.

  7. Arianna Editrix Says:

    Uh oh, those birds are going to be in trouble STAT! Can you contact your local Wildlife Officer? You see, the babies, once born, will walk right off the edge to a tragic end. Great poem, bad “penthouse”.

  8. seanbidd Says:

    Here sometimes White-bellied Sea Eagles tend to do the same, nest on the cross arm to a power pole, but when found and not nesting, their nest are raised to a much safer height above the pole, because if removed, they would just build the nest again.

  9. purehaiku Says:

    neat poem – I like the vivid factual tone that matches the photo

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