The underage bird

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The underage bird

Don't undermine her,
Minnie, a mynah,
Owned by a miner,
Is only a minor.

Property Dispute

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Property Dispute

Robin and starling
Fought for a worm.
Starling was strong,
But robin stood firm.

Tug of war waged,
Worm was stretched narrow,
Then lumbricus morsel
Was nicked by a sparrow.

Are you free?

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Are you free?

Fly.
Fly free.
Free as a bird.
Free.
Following instinct.
Faithfully following forefathers.
Free
or frozen?
Migratory routes
chiselled in time.
Habit
or roots?
Choice
or chosen?
Freedom
or frozen?
Fly free.
Feel free.
Be free.
Don't be a bird.

Birds

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Birds

Dozens of them
balanced
atop the slimmest of branches
staring down
like silent sentinels.
A sharp noise
and they're gone
ephemeral as a thought
melting 
in the midday sun.

Birds

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Birds
Nijer for the goldfinch
Peanuts for the tits
Fat-balls for the starlings
I love 'em all to bits.

Coconuts are popular
They make an all round feed
Robins are the fussy ones
They prefer mixed seed.

I look out of my window
And watch them eat their food
The wild birds in the garden
Never fail to lift my mood.

Nijer, a seed food particularly popular with goldfinches


Birds

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Birds
I think it's a goose
But it could be a duck
I'll get out my bird book
And have a quick look.
...fuck!
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