Blue Winged Teal

Blue-Winged Teal, Birding Center, Port Aransas, Texas


Here’s a poem that appears in my book  Life List:

Blue-Winged Teal


Small dabbling duck,

wallow in freshwater ,

mince your steps on the sticky fronds

of April,

rest your blue bill on your speckled chest

like a dignified dowager,

looking down her nose.


Fashionable in your touches of sapphire

on breast and wings,

your color is more blue than

what the paint store calls teal,


something more moody than


more matte than satin.





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