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Friday, August 26, 2011

Barn Swallow Ballet

Smoothly skimming tips of grass,
the swallow soars for its meal.


Interrupting bugs in mid-flight 
teams of winged commandoes
dip and dive to devour 
tiny green hoppers.





Wings set high
over stubby stout torso
give maximum maneuverability.


While a forked tail
allows one-eighty turns.










Pairs then soar toward the treetops.
They are a blur of speed
on the lookout for hors d'oeuvres. 


All this hoopla happens
because one lone woman
drags her feet 
walking through the hay field.



7 comments:

Sandra said...

of course you dragged your feet, how could a person walk and watch all the hoopla in the sky

TexWisGirl said...

and they appreciate you stirring things up for them! :)

Out on the prairie said...

Very nice story and thoughts

Karen said...

Swallows are my favorite of all the birds. Being raised on a farm, they were a constant companion in the summer while doing field work, diving and swooping around the tractor, especially while I was cutting hay. Loved the photos you have shared.

Leigh said...

Woo hoo! I'm back online after 2 weeks of a lightening fried network card and no internet!

Your blog is often like reading a beautiful book of poetry.

Jennifer and Steve said...

Barn swallows are so fantastic! We love them too. Can't wait to see your peace post once you finish. :)

Cynthia White said...

They fly so fast - nice pics :)