The opportunists

My window- Mesa, AZ

This is the wandering place I sit contemplating life 
listening to raucous lovebirds quarreling over seed 
chartreuse feathers gleaming with their blush peach cheeks 
feeding tiny young discovering newfound wings 
while here and there goldfinches jump into the fray

Gila woodpeckers come to pound on this aging mesquite 
searching for a few morsels tucked within its peeling skin
While mourning doves meander on the rocky ground
scratching about for cast off seed and creepy crawly things 
curve billed thrashers and pigeons may have overlooked

But then the brazen opportunists arrive
adorned in jack boot black and blue dress 
ruffling their glossy feathers, puffing out broad chests
billy club grackles cawing – to break up the joyous party
and all the other birds take wing into the vast blue sky

©2020 Linda Lee Lyberg

dVerse Poetics: Looking Out the Window

Linda Lee Lyberg is a wife, mother, artist, published poet and author. She resides in Mesa, AZ with her husband Pete (aka The Big Viking) of 24 years, and her dog, Ricky Bobby. Linda writes various forms of poetry, as well as short stories. You can read more of her works at:
and purchase anthologies containing her work here: Amazon Author Page

33 Comments on “The opportunists

  1. A very pleasant view out of this window, Linda, a new one from your garden views. So many varieties of birds that live there sound amazing with their colors. The mourning doves with their peace and the grating grackles with their disruption are nice contrasts with each other.

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  2. Our windows are similar. Those grackles, as I say, are the politicians of the avian world! You describe your view so well!

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  3. Great photo Linda, so much interest in the foreground – Paris, owl, crystal, cancer card – and then my eye wanders out to the middle distance – and the bird feeder. What a pecking (dis)order you have – and the poem is full of this life – harsh, gentle, funny – (I remember my first seeing a woodpecker in N.Mexico – pounding away at some old tree – fantastic). Lovely.

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  4. You have a very nice view of the life beyond the window frame. Isn’t it interesting how birds are much like humans in their interactions!
    Hope you are hanging in there!!

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