#NaPoWriMo Day 15-found poem

©-Michelle-Kogan-Beauty-Bewick's-Wren-and-Toad, endangered species

BIRDS’ PERSPECTIVE

In a
courtyard of
Mexico,
were
wilson’s warblers–
Yellow-bellied, black-capped
hopping pathways,
pausing
to eat a bug.

I wander in the
courtyard
paying
attention to
townsends and
audubon
warblers,
knock-knock
of a woodpecker overhead,
robins,
house finches,
canyon towhees,
sparrows everywhere,
bewicks wren,
curved-billed thrush,
hummingbird,
and grackles.

I notice patterns
warblers in morning,
wrens all day,
grackles in the afternoon,
a community courtyard,
a home.

Oh NO–
Groundskeepers
found grubs.
Groundskeepers
weren’t happy.
Grubs–
A problem
to tackle with
pesticides.

Every bird
ATE INSECTS!
Soak the
ground in
pesticides
risks killing or
sickening
their bodies,
scrambling their minds.

Think of
courtyard birds as
fellow workers.
Think of
wild animals
in the way a
service dog
benefits us.
Eating insects
dawn to dusk–
An army of
gardeners.

Clean air
Clean water,
Carbon sequestration,
are products of
animal activity.
Creatures preparing soil,
Dispersing seeds,
Distributing nutrients,
Regulating populations,
performing tasks necessary
To support NATURE!

Recognizing
animal labor
would help.
Think from
Birds’ perspective–
Appreciate
all they do!

© 2018 Michelle Kogan
Found poem from the article: NONHUMAN WORKERS OF THE WORLD, UNITE!
By Brandon Keim, posted on Center for Humans and Nature blog.

From a poem prompt by Georgia Heard featured today on Renée LaTulippe’s blog No Water River.

On my blog I’ve been focusing on flora and fauna Here’s a list of the poems I’ve posted so far:
Poem one–  DEAR APRIL
Poem two–Haiku Azaleas
Poem three–ODE TO SHUN LEE
Poem four–Haiku Daffodils
Poem five–APRIL’S MYSTERIES
Poem six–APRIL’S BUDS  
Poem seven–A LOVELY BEETLE
Poem eight–CHANGES IN NATURE
Poem nine-HURRY SPRING  

Poem 10-ANIMAL TRACKS
Poem 11-APRIL SNAKE 
Poem 12-Haiku NARCISSUS
Poem 13– A CELEBRATION & SPRING
Poem 14–Haiku TULIPS

About Michelle Kogan Art, Illustration, & Writing

Michelle Kogan is an artist, illustrator, instructor, and writer, creating colorful allegorical figure, flora and fauna paintings and children's illustrations, which have a sensitivity to endangered species, and the environment. She is an art instructor at the Evanston Art Center and offers Plein Air Painting Workshops at nature venues in the Chicago area including the Lincoln Park Conservatory, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, and Lurie Gardens at Millennium Park. Visit her online Etsy Shop at: http://www.MichelleKoganFineArt.etsy.com and her website: http://www.michellekogan.com
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