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Red-bellied Woodpecker
by Dr. Raj Vatsya
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A red-bellied woodpecker descended
onto the honey locust tree
in my yard
I sipped wine
nibbled on mango-slices
and sunflower-seeds
 
I relish
the mangoes and sunflower seeds
so do the red-bellied woodpeckers
 
The woodpecker flew to the porch
and hopped onto the plates
bearing mango-slices and sunflower seeds
 
The woodpecker started pecking
devouring mangoes and sunflower seeds
just as a neighbor used to barge into
my modest dwelling
and dive in my plate of nuts
while I watched in dismay
 
I turned my back to go inside
to replenish wine
mangoes and the sunflower seeds
 
I hesitated for a moment
many stab-wounds flashed in my memory
but then I continued:
“Nah, it is a woodpecker
Not a human”

 

 

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May 09, 2022
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