I Can Sit and Watch the Birds

I can sit and watch the birds for hours.

Laying on a blanket of grass,

some strawberries, almonds, and chocolate

spread across grandma's old quilt,

sunglasses resting on my face,

my eyes looking up to the ocean blue sky.


Waiting,

observing,

patient


for the voyage of the red tailed hawk

or the adventurous trails

of a pack of twenty geese.


Cardinals, blue jays, hummingbirds, and doves

all content in their solitude.

Simply sitting on branches,

with no destination,

in no need of company -

singing because they want to

not just for someone to listen.


Birds are interesting that way


they mirror self-reliance

yet when returning

on their passage home,

they're rarely ever alone.



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