Kingfisher

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Kingfisher

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Our canoe moves quietly along the shore.

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Sensing our approach

it flies

from a bare branched tree

and then another

noisily protesting

always just ahead.

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Something is seen and just as quickly

it dives

breaking the water’s surface

disappearing into another world.

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Quickly reemerging with a fish

it flies from the surface as if water and air are one

stopping to rest on a branch.

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For a moment, paddling closer, we are ignored.

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Then

as if destined to always be just ahead

off it flies

to another bare branched tree.

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rsp

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Kingfisher, Griggs Reservoir

Kingfisher, Griggs Reservoir

 

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