Your outrageous conversation
announced a flamingo party nearby
long before we caught a glimpse of your
Our human ears could only guess at your bird-words,
some soft, most loud and raucous and joyful.
You and your fellow long-legged wonders
squawked among yourselves, socializing,
enchanting us with your untranslatable discussion,
then in a flash of color revealed yourselves!
No mortal could conceive of the brilliant hues of your plumes!
No imagination could invent your unique form
at once awkward and graceful.
Cocking your tails, necks outstretched,
you arched into a stylized wing-salute before us,
revealing striking, contrasting colors.
Turning, as though prompted by
an unseen choreographer, you pivoted
slowly, then each extended a wing
and a long, slim leg on the same side
out and to your rear, balancing with confidence.
Then, satisfied that you had ensured
your admiring audience
a spectacular performance,
the three of you were aloft,
blending your flamingo pinkness
into the mauve and purpling skies
of that Key West sunset….
Watercolor “The Flamingos” by kind permission of the Artist Rod McIver and his site “Heron Dance”: http://herondance.imagekind.com/store/imagedetail.aspx?IMID=ab3773f9-afb7-4f47-beee-bae3a627da98&q=flamingos
We encourage you to explore “Heron Dance” in its entirety ! It is possibly the most beautiful site we ever have found.