augury doggerel

Saturday, December 15, 2001


As I walked across the grass this morning at about 8:30, I was disappointed to see nothing moving. Two minutes later, when I walked into my room and looked out the window at the same lawn, I found two herons hopping face to face on the grass. Like a child coming upon two people grappling, I had no way of knowing whether they were fighting or mating or playing. They were just hopping, face to face, one long yellow bill to another. Before I had time to do anything but gawp in wonder, they flew off together.

Now the snow is blowing in.


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