65th-Birthday Gift(S) ..... [my Birthday Hike With My Mate; Birds; Cheap Spousal Gifts; Short] - Poem by Bri Edwards
My odometer turned over again. I’m a youthful 65.
To my delight I was given 3 fine gifts; gifts that were alive!
We had gone hiking up a hill, overlooking the nearby ocean.
I heard a call from above us, and saw three birds in motion.
Three peregrine falcons soared and swooped. Was it all for FREE?
No! said my mate: “I paid them lots of money,.....to do it all for thee.”
Poet's Notes about The Poem
peregrine falcons, which look like streamlined hawks, are known for having been close to extinction due to pesticide contamination during my lifetime. a pesticide, DDT i think, was banned in the u.s. and efforts were made to encourage successful nesting, including providing artificial nest sites on tops of city skyscrapers. the birds are also famous for the tremendous speed with which they dive to knock a future meal-bird (another species) out of the air.
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