hi high birdie sanctuary

paradise posing
photographer’s pictures painting
peak perfection

uninhabited
having the beach to ourselves
no one can build here

her will giving birds
the sands next door forever
beautiful conch shells

mile of ecstasy
no one in each other’s way
quiet roominess

birds in the trees
whispering thank-yous while egret
poses elation

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(thinking they’re egret
walking like an egyptian
steve martin king tut)

tiny sea silhouette shadowing

we’re eating while
duck paddling today just throw
the bread hold the chatter

seven duck chorus line
and one turtle pops his head
up end of line

just like dancing school
he knows he’s the shortest
thinking he’s a duckling

they live together
turtle mullet ducks on top
pond by tranquil sea

pierre chasing you
halfway ocean for baguette
gambling debt also

quacking believers
bakery resides at sea
coming back for more

saving sufficient
or you will have dirty looks
shadows following

and then the sign says
duck crossing crossing ducks
never cross a duck