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February is more than half over, and I have added only one species to my 
COMAL list, a Cooper's Hawk that sailed over the parking lot when I was 
loading groceries into my car. The lakes are all frozen. The roads are too 
slick. It's time to resort to poetry.

I'm including two of mine below. The first, though written a couple of years 
ago, describes the situation as I found it earlier this month. The other 
one, which I wrote yesterday, has birds in it.

NIGHT THIEF

Christ said he would return
like a thief in the night,
but I awaken to find snow
has crept up on me instead.

Whiteness obscures detail.
Lumpy mounds replace
lawn furniture.
Spruce limbs sag
under heavy loads.

Wisps of steam
escaping from chimneys
are the only signs of  life.

Snow has stolen the future
I had planned
for this day.

It's too deep,
and the air's too cold
for a heart patient
to shovel out.

What of my resolve never to grow old
in mind or spirit,
always to live in the present,
looking forward, not back?

For today, at least,
it's buried
under heaps of snow.

So I'll stay inside
and write a poem
about a warm spring day
back in Connecticut
when I was a boy.


FEBRUARY DREAM'

One day,
the snow will melt.

Then,
I'll hear snow geese calling,
and a long, wavy line of them
will emerge from the fog.

At dusk,
the woodcock will begin
his aerial display,
twittering with his wings
as he flutters down
upon a grassy field.

The next day,
the yellow trout lily
will have pushed its way
through the leaf litter
beside the path.

Its drooping flower bud
may hesitate a day or two,
as if praying for warmer weather,
before it opens.

My hope expands
as it blossoms.

(If you want to read more of my stuff, and see what I used to look like, 
visit my web site at http://home.comcast.net/~bobgfisher/BobFisher.htm

Good birding.

Bob Fisher
Independence, Missouri
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