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.

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