Sandhill Cranes

daylight shortens

north winds sigh

these continental birds

follow their landmarks

in search of the suitable 

the precious wetlands

for wintering grounds

wings and legs outstretched

the flock passes overhead

this grand species

joins the flyways

rest  eat  survive 

in grasslands and farm fields

then journey onward

envoy of the skies
— Deb Johnston

In the words of Walt Whitman- “This is what you shall do;”

Love the earth and sun and the animals,

despise riches, give alms to everyone

that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy,

devote your income and labor to others,

hate tyrants, argue not concerning God . . .

dismiss whatever insults your own soul;

and your very flesh shall be a great poem. . .

–Walt Whitman