By Thomas R. Bates
DRAMA

Again I go to the park
To try and photograph
A singing Song Sparrow,
A passing Myrtle Warbler, or
A tiny Ruby-Crowned Kinglet.
Waiting a while for something to
Happen, something finally does.
Overhead I hear a tremendous
Ruckus and a flapping of wings
And see a pair of aggressive
Blue Jays chasing a terrified
Squirrel up and down the
Aspen trees as he tries
Desperately to escape their
Wicked dive-bombing tactics.
The jays are simply defending
The nest in their own territory.
All over in just a minute or two,
This little bit of drama reminds me
That even as I go into Nature to find
Solace and tranquillity, all is not so quiet
And sometimes violent conflicts can erupt at
Any moment, not unlike in our own human world.
DRAMA 2

Last night just before sunset
As I was quietly reading outside,
I began to hear a loud commotion
Across the yard in the woods beyond.
A mob of Blue Jays were screaming
Bloody murder at something,
Like they sometimes do,
But there were at least
Six of them making
Quite the racket.
I strolled down to see
What exactly was going on.
They were tormenting a poor Catbird
Who was trying to defend him or herself
Meekly calling out “meyew”almost inaudibly.
Feeling sorry for the little traumatized bird,
I did what I could do to break it up,
But I don’t speak their language.
Eventually the confrontation
Dissipated and thankfully
The jays moved on.
Today I hear the Catbird
Singing my favorite songs again,
Maybe with a little less gusto than usual,
But singing, nevertheless, ever so sweetly.

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