DSCN2224Female Red-Winged Blackbirds

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Great flocks
of  Red-Winged Blackbirds
glide and dip
in black waves
across this ancient ocean bottom
that we now call the prairie.
Their shadows flitter briefly
through the windows
on sunny winter days
as they fly silently over the house.
Morning and evening,
they descend upon
the small sparrows
feeding on birdseed scattered
and feeders hanging under the Hackberry.
Atop the Hackberry,
their chattering
is welcome music:
not lyrical like spring’s warm song;
more rhythmic,
spare,
like a cold wind
blowing leafless branches against each other.
They are a choir fitting
for winter.