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As I stand by the sink, at the kitchen window,
I can see the maple tree outside.
I see not just the beauty of the tree
but within its branches, what does abide.

The finches flit amongst the feeders
as if to say it\'s my turn now.
The chickadees walk upside down
and the doves on the ground seem to bow.

There\'s Mr. Woodpecker, come in for a meal,
his bright red head held so high and proud,
as a tiny wren on the other side
is trying to steel a bite amongst the crowd.

I\'ve always heard that for the forest,
we cannot see the trees.
I have seen the tree there for many years,
but within it, there\'s so much more to see.


------
Kathie Phillips


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The following comments are for "Outside My Kitchen Window"
by Kathie

Nostalgia...
...for the birdfeeders in my childhood garden, nicely evoked for me by this cute little poem. I think it might have risked sounding trite if it weren't for the last lines, but I really like the Russian-doll-image that you've spun from that old 'wood for the trees' saying.

Being clear-eyed enough to see the individual trees is only a start... after that, we can begin to observe the birds in the trees; the ticks on the birds, the bacteria in the ticks on the birds, the enzymes in the bacteria in the ticks on the birds... ain't biology magnificent!

( Posted by: MobiusSoul [Member] On: April 16, 2006 )





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