1 Bird of death



2 January 2008 3.1

Bird of Death

An ibis landed

on the painfully hot roof.

He now struts about.

In the shadows of the branches

a woodpecker starts with a croak

and then exults

in a pulsing duet

with his mate –

declaring the coolness of life.

Google Earth looks down

and sees the woman

putting out crumbs for the birds.

A man comes into sight, stretching.

Google Earth sighs

and stops the man’s heart.

Hadedah Ibis