Gert Strydom

Gold Star - 29,864 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

The Namaqua Sand-Grouse - Poem by Gert Strydom

(after T.T. Cloete)

When the Namaqua sand-grouse
does bring water to her children
she flies over the dunes of the desert to the river
where she jumps into the shallows
does whistle cheerfully
and splashes her breast, feathers, and fluff wet
before she carries water on her body
in her own kind of aerodynamics.

[Reference: “vleis” (“meat”) by T.T. Cloete.]

Topic(s) of this poem: nature

Form: Prose Poem

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, August 27, 2015

Poem Edited: Thursday, August 27, 2015

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