POST 192: Kingfisher, marsh, wire, fishing, heart, South Carolina, Maine, Glen Plake

by Carol Bass


A maitre d on vacation
or the neighbor teen dressed for the prom
perched on the wires across the swamps and marshes
and the one good thing about humans is that they installed
these wires
now we can catch a glimpse of them
watching for crabs in the mud
small fish in the currents
little lizards

this one with an ascot
owns the marsh

we gaze
smiling at super bill
with his Glen Plake crest

back and forth his sword mouth
back and forth
then screeching as he flies
seizing an unsuspecting life

miracle of black and white feathers
small racing heart
touching our own
flying free in the blue
over the green gold reeds