Fledge Day

Lesson for the day:
Don’t take anything for granted.
What’s given may be gone in a fledge

including a nest-full of four phoebes
increasingly crowding each other over
and nearly out of the crumbling nest
and now out of necessity fledged and
gone. There’s joy and vicarious pride
in the successful flight of the baby birds
from the days of their 1/2-inch eggs.
Plenty of room in the nest then
their faithful mother keeping them
warm, seeing them through a thunder-
storm up to today, to now, and into
the forest, the quartet testing their new-
found powers to sail on something they
don’t know is called the wind.

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