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This morning,
a small group of ducks
was near the edge of the Big Pond,
unrecognizable at first.
They had formed a circle
and their heads were under water.
It was a new sight
and it took awhile
to figure out that they were,
indeed, ducks.
And then suddenly,
simultaneously,
they all splashed up from the water,
feathers shaking.
We suspect
they are looking for food,
eating—
maybe the fish fingerlings
we brought to the water
late last summer.
We don’t know why
they are doing this
in a circle
or why they all raised their heads
simultaneously
in a great splash.
Maybe a turtle wandered
into the circle?
A snake slithered by?
It was a lovely
surprise—
a sort of synchronized
duck water ballet.