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spacer.gif   E. Donald Two-Rivers
Posted by : cj on Friday, December 03, 2004 - 03:52 PM
Poetry:  Click On The Author's Name Ginsburg Called Me Da Man!

Plumage patterns...
my gracious migrations...
study that bird dashing!
running like the original road runner.
and he's gone-
stuck out his ass.
flashed his ass at me
and dashed away...
ran, he did, under a log.
but he came back out.
I thought he was a goner,
but that bird came back.
quick and like a silent partner...
no sound
no sound.
a quiet quick-witted bird.

what species I wondered...
who you be bird?
what is the name of your game?
I wanna know!
Ain't no sparrow...no thrust!
flashed away again he did-
away into the deep of the green foilage...
quietly scurrying to and fro
on the damp soil.
like a mystery man Zoro
here a second and gone.
skinny brown-backed bird
dashing like Beep-Beep himself...
busier that two dozen squirrels.

what was that?
I've dug birds in my life time.
gaggles of geese.
flights of them slicing
the cooling autumn air.
and I've watched skeins of waterfowl
and those bright colored wood ducks.
I've seen a covey of partridges
on the sunny side of a Sapawe Lake hill.
I've witnessed a bevy of crows
harrassing a great horned owl
right there where north-side lake-shore Chicageans golf.
But I ain't never seen
no bird looked quite like
the one I saw that AM.

It's a fortune cookie kinda day...
this I know for a fact!

I'm gassing on the bird
with the white tailed deer tail.
I call out to a fellow birder.
"Hurry up brother.
Ondelay amigo.
Don't take your time man
See this!
See this!
Can I get a witness?
Is that a rare bird or what?
I tell you this much my friend.
it ain't no pigeon
stuttin down the avenue,
looking like an odd shaped,
multicolored rat with wings and lice.

Plumage pattern
my gracious migrations...

we saw his beak...and he gots
some skinny green legs.

"look at his beak.
always check out the beak..."
that's what the birders say.

Helpful folks they are.
you see them out there
in the early morning mist...
coffee'd up and curious
rubber boots
hats and green shirts.
checkin each other out
in the early morning mist.
"Oh would you look...any woman
with a pair like that
is heading for a sighting.
pride of her gender!"
"and talk about gender! would ya look at that guy...
he gots him a birding hat....
bet it's a lucky one,
and a vest with a hundred and one pockets...
and he's got one of those big round ones...
with a girth that says
he's serious business
about the whole deal.
We all look - so stop the snickering...
no matter what your sexual orientation
we do look
We all do it!
we check out each others binoculars
It's a birdin thang!

the skinny bird scoots out again and
me and Ginsburg pin his ass.
My man Ginsburg checks his
field guide...
a well prepared birder, I note.
"You the man he says....
we got a good sighting
you the man!
Skinny bird...as skinny as a rail...
a Sora rail
a good sighting on a Chicago morning
Ginsburg and me birdin.
like bird dogs in the big city park.
No big spotting scope
no big book
K-mart binoculars
You the man!".
Ginsburg called me the man!.


NOTE*** Richard Ginsburg is a Chiacgo based attorney. His wife Andi is an artist and scupture. Richard is an avid birder. The number of birders has jumped from around 16,000,000 within a decade to more than 54,000,000. The interest in brids and bird welfare makes me feel good. We, as human beings have the obligation to take care of our Mother Earth and the rest of her Children. Birding is a good positive family thing to do.

--E. Donald Two-Rivers

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