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Identity of the Egret
by David Atkinson

Wades near the foreshore,
estuarine mudflats;
straight and statuesque.
May be a little egret;
erect, motionless.

But, almost sunshine bill,
perhaps a cattle egret;
conceivable, away
from his beast.

Forages, arches his neck;
intermediate egret, non-breeding plumage.

Or an eastern great,
pink lace upper legs.

Late afternoon sun,
gunmetal beak tip;
eastern reef egret.

A species of heron; upright,
exquisite. In his hide,
bird watcher draws breath,
elated; sufficient
to be an egret.


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