Washing Day

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The striking anhinga, black darter, snakebird, water turkey – whichever name you call this bird in your part of the world – is a frequent star on this blog. He might not be the most graceful looking bird but his personality makes up for it ;-). Check out my previous posts here, there and yonder.

The anhinga is a water bird, a close cousin of a cormorant. It does not have oil glands for waterproofing its feathers like most water birds. So after a quick dive underwater to get a fishy snack, it must spread its wings to dry in the sun.

“The cormorants

 hang their feathers

out to dry –

black velvet rags

showing threadbare

in the wind.

Like old women

living in the past,

they tend their

tattered finery

with talon fingers

and black

remembering eyes.”

*

Rita Summers Washing Day

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~ by Isabella on March 2, 2007.

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