The Big Five


In the after-breakfast morning sprinkles

five hefty hawks perch on the high wires

behind my house under the dark clouds

the sound of vehicles on the nearby highway

a quiet rabbit under the trees to my right

a loud angry bird in the tree above

squawks at the spouse to get rid of the hawks

sitting spaced apart like ominous sentinels

soundlessly staring preening calm

and three smaller birds flap over to perch near one hawk

trying to strike up the courage to chase it away

but the hawk is a whole lot bigger

and there are five


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