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Listening to the spirits
in early evening
one hears trees moving
their leaves talking
like turtles quietly
sending messages
to lake water friends.

When I was young,
I spent time with my father,
he already become an elder,
as he spoke with
nature's creatures, especially
the water birds along
the lake and the stream.

Growing up in nature as I did
I learned that birds, all of them,
talk to let others
know their location,
a supply of foodstuffs,
and warning of common predators.

Father grew up
learning the languages
of water birds mainly,
and I spent many early mornings
by the lake listening as he
spoke with the regulars,
white and great blue herons,
an egret and an ibis.
The anhinga was too busy
diving to respond.

I was not often sure what
Father said, nor just what those
wildfowl replied, but I saw
their movements and heard
their calls often enough
to realize they were talking
with each other.
Perhaps I will yet learn
to speak more clearly too.

Running Cub, Everglades


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