Marshland Spring, cont’d

Prehistoric hoots
Leopold’s shitepokes return
to their tufted nests

One at a time small
peeps rise into coruscating
ripples at pond’s edge

First draft 17 April 2015

Today’s post is a two-fer since I took muscle relaxants yesterday and watched Key & Peele instead of writing.

In A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold writes of sandhill cranes, which the first white settlers of Wisconsin called “red shitepokes” — and the sound of their return to our marsh is one of my favorite signs of spring.

A A sandhill crane in Florida. Courtesy of Wikipedia/Wikimedia Commons.


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