Poetry · Writing

Pairing Off

I watch the ducks
As they court
And prepare
For the nesting season

Paired off on ponds
And the many branches
Of the creek that
Runs through the neighborhood

As I walk past
A female startles
Taking flight
And landing up the bank

Her mate makes me laugh
As he half flies
And half runs up the slope
Only to slide back into the water

Determined to protect his girl
He launches into the air
Calling loudly
Until he lands beside her

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