Monday, January 6, 2014

Mid-winter Blues

Mountain bluebirds congregate in the Red Hills every winter.  This year's population has been spectacular!
Winter often brings the blues
in different forms and different hues;
some lament the season's cold
others rejoice as it unfolds.

Thrushes from the frozen north
seek refuge in Red Hills resorts
of rolling grassy red terrain
on cedar berries they are maintained.

Red cedars pose a serious threat 
puts the ranching culture to the test,
and pretty birds that bless our eyes
also cause the prairie's demise.

So with some ambiguity
I praise these azure birds I see;
I only wish they'd take the seeds
far far away this wish I plead. 

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