Uncommonly Common

When they descended –

those iridescent birds with

a purple cast, their

dark wings flapping, their bobbing

heads a shiny blue,

one thing I for certain knew –

it was no poet 

who gave them their name.  Common

Grackle? For such an

uncommon bird?  But I learned 

 soon enough from this

 bird-feeder bully never to

judge a bird by its feathers.


One comment on “Uncommonly Common

  1. agarrabrant says:

    Even iridescent blackness brings beautiful contrast to the stark, unending sheet of our recent barren landscape. Their hunger for my feeder’s bounty is only eclipsed by my hunger for a break in the eternal monochrome of my yard!


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