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 Post subject: Puffins
PostPosted: 12 Jun 2018, 22:27 
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Puffins


Who but a birder
could love
a bird short and stocky
with an absurdly
large, orange
snozz?

Yet there’s something
familiar about puffins
as their beaks brighten
during spring and summer,

letting the girls know
who the eligible bachelors are.

Once paired up
puffins often mate for life,
building burrows that boast
a separate lavatory
from the nursery,

cleanliness the family
motto.

They're not only
practical partners
--but good lovers
even if their goofy looks
tell us that couldn't
be true...

yet as winter approaches
we recall their red tipped beaks
and yellow feet
as fondly as our youth--

their colors fading
like an old romance


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 Post subject: Re: Puffins
PostPosted: 13 Jun 2018, 04:42 
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Bob:


sweet, adult and replete with warmth.


i like the tenderness that the poem uses to tell the story. the details, the contrasts and insights.


bernie


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 Post subject: Re: Puffins
PostPosted: 13 Jun 2018, 06:43 
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Thank you, Bernie...


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 Post subject: Re: Puffins
PostPosted: 13 Jun 2018, 20:00 
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Bob. When you are famous, scholars will call this your aviarian stage ✌


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 Post subject: Re: Puffins
PostPosted: 13 Jun 2018, 20:38 
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Location: Between the mountains and the sea
Anyone can see you are a bird lover Bob.
The details are very good.
As a boy I adored their funny ways.
Large colonies on the Welsh coast
under threat from rats, and seagulls
who take the food from their mouths.


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 Post subject: Re: Puffins
PostPosted: 14 Jun 2018, 06:07 
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Kenneth, lol...

Frank, thanks...I think we both like birds a lot


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 Post subject: Re: Puffins
PostPosted: 14 Jun 2018, 10:19 
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Location: Between the mountains and the sea
The other Brad I knew years ago
shared a forum with Bernie
wrote a marvellous poem about
the ratchet of the corncrake.
Really captured my imagination.


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 Post subject: Re: Puffins
PostPosted: 15 Jun 2018, 09:02 
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Thanks, Frank....I'll look up this bird


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