Monday, 23 February 2015

A Poem a Day 2015 (34): Flash of red

This one is about our resident garden robin. Mr Red.

Flash of red

A reddish brown leaf
takes a spiral plunge downward
off a spiky branch

it topples to the ground
swirling lightly upon the air;
a leaf but not a leaf

gradually it takes form –
beak, legs and brown feathers;
it’s a red robin swooping

eager, sprightly, hopeful
with one eye upon the ground
full-splattered with seed

with speedy small pecks
he makes haste to eat before
the weighty pigeon waiting

copyright Vickie Johnstone

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