Throned on last years nest, eggs descended,
Her neck charmed by the reeds to coil
Among them while her cob forages a few feet away,
Refurbishment the task from which they do not stray.
We onlookers on the pilgrim-punctuated path
Cast peas, potato peels and too much bread.
Clicking like well-intentioned paparazzi
Marshalled by an eight-year-old, “Two metres, please.”
Her sibling pleads indignantly, “Why can’t I play football on the grass!”
Brushed by sweating runners as if speed defies effect
We shuffle nervously to adjust our line.
Suddenly, she’s fending off a rat attack, wings raised,
A gasp till eggs all counted and regained,
Their living has become our life-sustaining aim.
©Greg SpiroLondonJune 2020 [email protected]
Short-listed for Fish Publishing Lockdown prize