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Birdsteps

Updated on June 28, 2017

The birds that walk on water

have tapered feet. They fly off the

tree branches to the bird bath.

They are elegant swimmers in summer.


They swim out to the middle and

dip their heads under. These birds

have beaks of tired sand.


The walk on the beaches at night

leaving their simple footsteps.

A lighthouse, some desperate rocks.

A few of the prints lead out from the

young boardwalk, out to the old sea.


When they shake their wings

in order to fly, a sound moves

from the breakers. It curves its

way up the path leading to the dock's edge

where it settles on the barnacles.


Sometimes on a windy day, it is

the sound of sirens singing. It is

the swansong of ships at sea.

© 2017 Finn Liam Cooper

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      Lori Colbo 

      13 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Wonderful. I can see, hear, taste and smell everything. I love birds too.

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      Finn Liam Cooper 

      13 months ago from Los Angeles

      thanks....this is something i wrote about 25 years ago

      phew

    • wpcooper profile imageAUTHOR

      Finn Liam Cooper 

      13 months ago from Los Angeles

      thanks....this is something i wrote about 25 years ago

      phew

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      Tamara Moore 

      13 months ago

      I enjoy your poetry as it is very unique and always a surprise! This one fits the bill, as well. Thank you for sharing your talent.

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      Ryan Fuller 

      13 months ago from Louisiana, USA

      What a beautiful selection of words to paint a picture in my mind with this poem. Creative and very well written. I really liked this poem. Cannot wait to read more.

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