Shawn L. Bird

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poem-optimism March 1, 2016

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 9:41 am
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Each year a goose takes roost in

the osprey nest platform above the mill.

I suppose penthouse accommodations entice.

The view is lovely there,

and surely she feels superior to her kin

nesting waterfront (though their

recreational opportunities are greater).

Each year, after a month of goose occupancy,

the ospreys return.

I do not know the depth of the tragedy.

Do the evicted geese simply suffer homelessness,

or do they endure the grief of infanticide, as well?

Sometimes our lofty aspirations

are our undoing.

Our hubris is our hamartia,

but each year, in early spring, there’s a goose

in the osprey nest.

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Remember your Shakespeare lessons?  Hamartia is the ‘fatal flaw’ of your personality that leads to your downfall (most commonly in literary tragedies).  Hubris is an excess of pride.

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poem- eviction May 28, 2014

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 5:05 pm
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The ospreys

have reclaimed their

towering nesting boxes

evicting squatting

Canada Geese.

Their raptor eyes

study the horizon

and I wonder

if they raptured

over goose eggs.

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A corollary to an earlier post:  https://shawnbird.com/2014/04/08/poem-real-estate/

One commenter was concerned about goslings hurting themselves falling out of the nesting platforms.  That was the least of their worries, apparently.

 

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?

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(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)

 

 
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