Helen of Marlowe's Blog

Tears in Palm Beach

Posted in Ecology by helenofmarlowe on February 9, 2013

In  West Palm Beach, the morning is warm.

Too warm, some say.

I walk around the lake and fall painfully in love with the Muscovy ducks.

Four Muscovies  rest  under a bottle brush tree.

In the shallows of the shore, a red-faced Muscovy swims with seven black chicks trimmed in yellow

and one yellow chick trimmed in black.

An egret stands apparently on the water.

But with my cynical nature I suspect there is a rock just under the surface.

Or a stump.  A stump would do.

The chicks scamper around their mother on the shore

while someone’s grandchild tosses pinches of white bread into the water.

There are tears.  There are tears.


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  1. Joseph Gilmore said, on February 9, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    What a touching poem.

  2. Janet Joyner said, on February 9, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Helen, I’m moved by your sentiments. JJ

  3. L.T.L. said, on February 9, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    great picture. our farm has had the muscovy ducks for decades, and they never cease to amaze me. of course, they are not as smart as turkeys or geese, but they are so cool, and so picturesque, and so… not your common duck type.
    but the scene somehow indicates terror. why? i am sorry, i did look up the available news and found nothing.

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