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Words of the Kingfisher, a Poem

Updated on June 19, 2013

A Kingfisher Cries


Hold our souls to brief sun,

Dragonfly snatches mosquitos

under our chins...


Let's travel the overgrown path

down to the creek,

to gather wild lobelia,


and lift our spirits on

yellow water lily,

drifting, anchored

floating between water and light,


We hear a shrill cry;

a Kingfisher on a tree

that leans over Cottonwood,


I've never heard Kingfisher cry-

underneath bones crunch,

suckled salmon skeletons;

We're on Bear Ground.


I thank Kingfisher for the warning...

I've always suspected

that earth and people

need not be estranged.


If only we listen.


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      Vincent Moore 4 years ago

      I love how descriptive you are with your words. I felt present there with you, watching and listening to the sounds of the bush. The Kingfisher giving the warning to avert a bear that may be hanging about, licking his lips from the suculent salmon pieces he so much enjoys. The air is thick with mosquitos as the dragonfly tests his flight and delights in the delicacy of an afternoon treat. So lovely, I felt mellow reading your work, bravo my poet.

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      snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

      lily, What he (Vincent) said...beautiful.

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      Lillian K. Staats 4 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

      Well, I'm full of kind words and approbation, but I must be on my way to the little cub, I thank you so much, both of you, and I wrote the poem Shitana, which means Beautiful in Athabascan, for him and his family. (The boy is Athabascan)... I'll bring all thse word to him, and I believe it will be understood, thank you so much, both of you! lily

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      moonfroth 4 years ago

      And bring my words as well, shamelessly hitchhiking on Snake shamelessly hitchhiking on Vincent. "Had I but world enough and Time. . .", dear Vince, my rhyme would have been thine". Now you may hate the name Vince, but I had to drop half a foot. And LILY. . .remember LILY, guys? Hell of a poem, Kid--hell of a poem. Thank you.

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      Brenda Barnes 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      I wish we had had the courage of the kingfisher. I love you Lily, your heart, your love, your intelligence and your loyalty to things innocent and precious.

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      Lillian K. Staats 2 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

      Thanks Hy, I miss you dearly

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      Ceal smith 23 months ago

      "I've always suspected that earth and people need not be estranged, if only we listen"

      So beautiful a and hopeful Lilly, thank you. Kingfishers are my fav, was watching them at Beach Lake just the other day. Hugs

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      lillian Staats 23 months ago

      Lots more where that came from Ceal!

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