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Tiger Heron


Tiger Heron

I saw you
through the bank’s bamboo verticals,
your signature decoration flashing
your movement in stopped strobe.

I saw you
quiet, on the quiet edge of the Amazon. River of majesty,
shining diamonds up
through the parallels of our planked floor.

I saw you
prey-poised, stealthy still,
your leg raised in stylish bend.
I knew the elegant silhouette, but the patterns were strange.

I saw you
a hybrid creature,
cascading and spreading your dress camouflage
in sun’s crescents and rhomboids on equatorial leaf and trunk.

February 2014

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