A VERY IMPORTANT BIRD

by Joanna Gilman Hyde

The Hawk Dining Room 12:50pm

He’s out there write now

pecking around the stone wall

dividing our property from the neighbours’

He’s a Northern Flicker

with a brilliant red crest

on the back of His Head

black bib under His Chin

(if birds have chins)

tabby striping on His Back

& buff with black spots underneath

He’s been here since I first spotted Him

at the other stone wall along the drive

— He seems to find stuff

among the rocks

with His Long Beak — He’s a Woodpecker

Colaptes Auratus

Oh, He just pooped!

Note:  He’s a She – minus a back “moustache”