Winter Heron

Today, a friend sent me some photographs her son had taken. Among them was a shot of a great blue heron in a winter stream, which she correctly assumed I would be pleased to see.

Update: Here is the photo. Poem is below.

Great Blue Heron in Winter. Photograph by Lucas MacCormack.

Great Blue Heron in Winter. Photograph by Lucas MacCormack.

Winter Heron

A great blue heron wades through water
congealing in late January.
Beside the stream, thin brown stems of marsh
grasses stubble the snow crusted by
freezing rain. A light wind briefly stirs
the feathers of its second winter
plumage, long and narrow, now straggled,
unkempt, on back and breast. As always,
the head and tapered, twisting, quick-twitch
column of the neck form a fluid
question while the eye, yellow as ever,
scans for what lies below the surface.

About John MacKenzie

I'll mumble for ya. Poetry, plus most things quantifiable: science, neuroscience, memory, epistemology, baseball. And so on.
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2 Responses to Winter Heron

  1. Arlene says:

    Hi John,
    Jill sent us this link and I’ve just started reading some of your work. Your talent and complexity deepens with each word i read. Amazing doesn’t cut it! Arlene


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