MJ blathers

dark poet who loves to laugh

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greater or lesser determined
by whether the neck extends
or is carried in S curve
in flight, but this one
stands immobile
mimicking clouded sky in streaks
of gray and blue, dusky in shadow
on stalked yellow legs
bulgy eyes unblinking
he searches the mud and standing water
in which he waits for
darting fish, amphibians
intent on preying
he acknowledges not my
stopping to admire his slender,
near-emaciated build
but watches, still, ready, until
something at his feet triggers
the whip-like motion of snaky neck
he lifts his head with fish mouth
and squirming tail protesting
from either side of yellow
knife beak as head, neck and
upper body spasm
and exposed fish parts disappear
and snake-neck distorts in bulge
again, with spasm, the bulge lowers
eyes widen, in surprise? or satisfaction?


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blue jets


above the thunder

three hundred miles above the speed of sound

a mere single second in the stratosphere

above the thunderheads

lightning that spreads upwards

thirty miles into stratosphere


blue as it elementalizes nitrogen

or gigantic jets

striking upward sixty miles

almost beyond our earth’s vital cushion

changing color as it approaches red edge

of stricken nitrogen

how little of what is

do we see or know

where we huddle below