Flying Lessons


by Judy Shepps Battle

Red-wing blackbirds

hundreds all hungry

 

arrive as dense cloud

descend to oval patch

 

ripe with hand-mixed seed

and unshelled peanuts

 

depart in small groups

leaving bare earth as

 

silent witness to their

plunder.

 

I object

wave both arms furiously

 

but they steal the meal

put out for blue jays

 

robins, cardinals and

squirrels anyway.

 

Sensing human motion

and hostile energy the

 

blackbirds scatter briefly

returning even more bold.

 

We dance this two-step

with each visit as

 

my blood pressure rises

into a tower of frustration

 

until stubborn ego

remembers the wisdom

 

of Mother Teresa’s

whispered plea that

 

even the gluttonous

deserve to be fed.

 

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Writers Bio

Judy Shepps Battle has been writing essays and poems long before retiring from being a psychotherapist and sociology professor. She is a New Jersey resident, addictions specialist, consultant and freelance writer. Her poems have been accepted in a variety of publications including Ascent Aspirations; Barnwood Press; Battered Suitcase; Caper Literary Journal; Epiphany Magazine; Joyful; Message in a Bottle Poetry Magazine; Raleigh Review; Rusty Truck; Short, Fast and Deadly; the Tishman Review, and Wilderness House Literary Press.

 


Inspirational ImageImagine by Maggie Maggieby Maggie Maggie

Pieces Inspired by this Image

'Use Your Wings'
by Church Rowe

'The Fairy Glen'
by Agnes Clarke

'Wings'
by Megan


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