Damn Egret

Damn Egret

Zooming along on my road bike

my beloved American River bike path

late April still deep green grasses

mini-jungle carpets hiding wild beasts

the green was punctuated by a white

large, long-necked, longer-legged

killing sword-long beak a great egret.

 

Damn, that damn egret

has speared a frog

my number one spirit helper frog

still squirming, but quickly

to be the egret’s fast-food lunch.

 

My quick thought was of rescue

but it would have been too late.

Besides the frog was stupid

April careless

or it’s just frog fate.

 

Down path I ponder.

I lament the swallowed frog.

I decide to bless the frog.

I even bless the crafty, murderous egret.

Yet wonder what message it portents for me?


a.
     
That it’s my lunch time too.


b.
     
Even frogs have to pass on.


c.
      
Frogs need to organize.


d.
     
I should give up bike riding

 

Back home I had a succulent

great egret meat on sourdough

sandwich for lunch.

                           Andy

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Lesson is:

If you’re cold-blooded, and therefore slow in cool spring days and cold water,
look both ways when coming up out of the hibernating mud. . . . or wait for May.
. .

About Bruce

Work for sustainable development of small islands; ex-Peace Corps (Volunteer and staff) in LA & Caribbean; cruised Caribbean on S/Y Meander for three years; like small tropical islands, French canals, Umbria, Tasmania, and NZ. Married 50 years. Former President (1995 to 2016) of Island Resources Foundation.
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