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Bob,
These poems are WONDERFUL ! Thank you. They express the feelings I have had this winter and I bet many others would agree. 
Your website is great and I included it in 'My favorite things'.
Thanks again,
Joyce Rosson
holt, Mo.
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  From: Robert Fisher<mailto:[log in to unmask]> 
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  Sent: Thursday, February 15, 2007 10:47 AM
  Subject: Two poems


  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<http://home.comcast.net/~bobgfisher/BobFisher.htm>

  Good birding.

  Bob Fisher
  Independence, Missouri
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