WITHOUT BEES

In the photograph
the two great blue heron’s
stare at each other.
We are not certain if this
is love, or there is something
far more ominous impending.
Birds have a way of being
inscrutable, and herons
are often mistaken for cranes,
although I cannot imagine
a senbazuru of herons.
In the photo, their beaks are touching,
one slipped slightly into the other
and I have decided they
are lovers, and ask my grandchildren
to shield their eyes, when they stare
at the photo with a questioning look.