Yesterday, several birds staged a delightful concert
On my windowsill. I listened, charmed by the sounds
That enchanted my ears: peeping, chirping, and tirelessly
Twittering. The birds reported the news,
And exchanged the latest gossip:
How many acorns did the squirrels munch?
Do they prefer crumbs? How about chipmunks?
How fast can they disappear underground?
How intrepid was that young squirrel as he
Crossed the street to climb a secular oak tree!
A peregrine falcon was flying towards
His nest on top of the Cathedral of Learning;
Crows do bring an irritating and earsplitting
Discord to my window. I thus witness
Domestic disputes as well as political
Protests within an earshot...
How I wish that those birds never
Stop their morning and afternoon broadcast!

© Djehane Hassouna, 2005

Rainbow of Emotions, page 60

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