Narrative and Photography by Penny Wilkes
Often I have chased a black phoebe or osprey for a photo or pursued a line for a poem. When I continue along the path, the poem will show itself, or the bird will lead me to another discovery.
Today the sea's the energy races to build its heights.
THE COLOUR BLUE What if midmorning sky sneaks into café tableware tricked by the colour blue. Clouds dance on plates grazing the toast and jelly until breezes vacuum the crumbs sending clouds back to where they are supposed to belong.
MASQUERADE IN WHITE A goblet of milk mantled in twilight. In an instant a leg shifts to bent elbow post. The other stretches without a riffle of water as the egret bows to its reflection.
Immersed in the river’s scent of leather, the white’s neck eases into a question mark, or surges like a sprinter at the tape. Alert to movements of cricket, frog or fin.
Once eyes capture a whisker of fish, egret searches within a sunlight filament. Beak arrows, dips beneath the river glitter, tosses a nibble to the air and catches it.
Twirling from a cottonwood, a leaf engages the river rustler who turns to statue. A shift and wings rise in silk banners over rock pates while feathers ruffle reflections into sequins.
The egret alights on a branch, shivers in spiral, stretches to preen and fluff each plume. On legs of silk, it wings toward a turret of branches to design the sky.
Penny Wilkes, served as a science editor, travel and nature writer and columnist. An award-winning writer and poet, she has published a collection of short stories, Seven Smooth Stones. Her published poetry collections include: Whispers from the Land, In Spite of War, and Flying Lessons. Her Blog on The Write Life features life skills, creativity, and writing: http://penjaminswriteway.blogspot.com/ . Her photoblog is @: http://feathersandfigments.blogspot.com/
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