SHOCKING to see the cardinal eat a gecko
thick beak designed to crack seeds & nuts
one would expect it from a blue jay
not this red bird with its sweet song
now a gecko hangs from songbird beak
lifeless & being shaken
its head consumed then tail
legs gnawed away
it looks like a small fish
yet too big for the throat
of such a now ravenous bird
I looked out the window today and saw this cardinal with a gecko. Unexpected metaphor to the current events.
Owls are in the neighborhood, calling to each other, a distinct voice in the woodland. Tonight a pair hunt for frogs by the pond as I watch their heads swivel, eyes set for any movement. Mayflies hop all day over the water but where are the birds?
There have been other predator, a hawk, kingfisher and great blue heron. We stopped putting fish in. The frogs come on their own. One year there were so many tadpoles! Where are they now? Where are the frogs, chipmunk, the squirrel?
beauty of nature
springs forth at the edge of pond
predator with prey
dVerse prompt – haibun with a sense of compassion