EARTH SPRING

in the paddock
the harsh cry and whir
of a cock pheasant
startles the horse

Russia is bombing
the Syrian opposition
claiming the airspace
from America

sparrows squabble
in the nikau palms
and a wood pigeon
plunders the loquats

on our deck
a twice-chewed bone
that even the ants ignore

the dog sighs
and turns over

spring, it’s all about
territory

© Maureen Sudlow

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