augury doggerel

Saturday, December 07, 2002


It's only the seventh but something's astir. Yesterday six bean geese (Anser fabalis) flew over in a neat puzzle for Pythagoreans. A black-and-white cat dismembered a starling (Sturnus vulgaris) in the snow. It stood on the carcass and pulled up with its teeth. Later I went to check the remains. Speckled wings. Our cat this morning winked at us green. Outside, sparrows (Passer domesticus) were fruit in the bushes. Eight jackdaws (Corvus monedula) picked at the mud where a steam pipe runs under the ground and keeps off the snow. A larger and scruffier ninth jackdaw standing off to one side had difficulty with the f when he looked straight at me and said uck awwwf.


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