April 11, 2019
April is National Poetry Month
noisy red-winged blackbird
avian show-off – pay attention!
can’t miss his flamboyant solos
performing on stage
atop swaying coattails in swamp
lined-up on grey telephone wires
along dusty rural roadsides
abundant red-winged songbird
bold yellow and red feathers
boastful emblems on his shoulders
coat-of-arms brooches on wings
glistening black spinel majestic bird
his mate is more conservative
a shy woman in streaked brown feathers
does not dress to impress
doesn’t care for grand-standing or glitz
he seeks to entertain the crowd
she calmly searches hidden brush
selects twigs for warp and weft
unobtrusively weaves her fancy nest.
confident artist welcomes domestic solitude
conjures daydreams of spring.
their eggs will hatch in three weeks.
Copyright, 2018. Lynda McKinney Lambert. All rights reserved.
Flamboyant (AKA noisy red-winged black bird) is a tanka,
Naturewriting, February 16 2018
Star Signs: New and Selected Poems. DLD Books, 2019
Coming in 2019:
***My New Book: Star Signs: New & Selected Poems, DLD Books, 2019.
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National Poetry Month – see Lynda’s 2019 selections Click Here!
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