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Robin My Hood

Updated on June 16, 2022
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Artist, actor, poet, teacher, songwriter & actor with 4,000 poems & almost 1,000 songs written, performed recorded & published on line.

All creatures great and small, rely on each other to survive and some of them get ingested in the process.

Robin Red Breast
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The endless ways nature provides for all are somewhat fascinating and grotesque.

Robin my hood...

As the rains subsided,
I spied a mother Robin today
dancing on clawed feet
across my long driveway,
and I could swear I saw
a twink of merriment in her eye
while she was robin my hood.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
For there before her
was a veritable smorgasbord
laid out in lopsided rows
for this sole bird to feast upon.
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Scattered in a huge length
lay her fondest dreams come true,
you see the rains have been rampant
and all the worms have fled the earth,
seeking the higher ground
of a black asphalt sanctuary,
steaming in the spring wash.
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They had but two choices
slow drowning in the rising puddles
where grass once protruded
or a quick snatch of a sharp beak
and then regurgitation into
the tiny maws of baby birds>
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
It's not easy being a worm
you have to eat dirt and you smell awful
and the only other thing your good for
is to attract cold fish
.~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
But if that Robin could chirp a tune
I am sure it would be tweetling
quite brightly through
its worm encrusted beak
"Nobody likes me, everybody hates me
I'm gonna eat some worms!!"
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
I watched it for awhile
and when it had taken its fill
it flew in a bloated way
off into the cloudy horizon
bearing life for some
fuzzy headed specks
of egg burst hope
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Then at least one hundred
spared brown commas
relaxed a wee bit as they
stretched their segmented
sections in relief
across the somewhat dryer
less fatal oasis of my drive.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Totally unaware
that many of them
later that day
would be sacrificed
to all of my Goodyear's
under the rubber tread
of my four tires exiting
across the backs
of their last refuge. 


© 2009 Matthew Frederick Blowers III


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