Soft Piano Solo

Her royal sapphire and sovereign, 

the Great Blue Heron 

is the majestic hunter of the Gulf of Mexico: 

a thrasher of toads, rodents and small fish.  

Patron of balance and patience:  

the blade-beak and svelte-neck reigns

in the salty estuaries against the water oaks- 

noble emblem and a skull’s ambassador.  

A French horn of demise, an observed croak 

jargon feather-zoom sublimation.  

A creation of repose, rustled velvet and tender passion.  

Witness her crown raised to the sky, neck straight, 

and feathers flared.  When ready to soar, 

she is a soft piano solo with a wingspan.

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