The Phalaropes and the Cow

There are phalaropes (phalaropus tricolor) in the sloughs around here; I often watch in awe as these hyper little shore birds zip around on the water. Thinking of them gave me Version One of my poem.

But then I thought, poetry nowadays is supposed to portray “the human condition” and  the first ending is maybe too sweet for human nature, so I added a new one. Which do you prefer?

Version One: Phalarope Ballet

Zig, zag, whirl and twirl;
phalarope family ballerinas
pirouette on the pond
going nowhere in a hurry
spinning rings of pure joy
riding the crests on a mini-sea
while I, from the little stage
of my life, spectate in awe.

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Version Two: A Tale of Grace and Green

Zig, zag, whirl and twirl;
phalarope family ballerinas
pirouette on the pond
going nowhere in a hurry
spinning rings of pure joy
riding the crests on a mini-sea.

A cow beside the pond spectates
as she chews her cud; green
trickles from her jaws.
She lumbers into the shallows
sending circles across the pond.
Lifts her heavy hoof and
brings it down — splat —
in the phalarope’s nest.

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8 thoughts on “The Phalaropes and the Cow

    • Good question, James. I like the first one for the joy it portrays. I like the second because I have an odd sense of humor. 🙂
      Thankfully the cows around here aren’t into envy and co-habit with other creatures quite well — except for coyotes.

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      • I have not found your humor odd in fact I find it refined! 🙂 Next question is there anyway to make it one poem? Just thinking, like one of those movies where you get to pick the ending! Click here for ending one or here for ending two. 😉 ;(

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