An eggless raspberry bellied bake
Twitcher fuel –
Kitchen-side of the glass
Mealworms, red-berried, seed-suet cake
Sprinkled to grass;
Shade-grown ground beans pressed in a cafetière
Troughs with fresh rain water, can-drawn, refilled
Keenly curious cat –
Sniffing scent blended air –
Roasted oats and honeysuckle, milled and frilled.
Cockerel caws, shrilly, corralling his hens
Jangling the lilt of the blackbird’s clear song
Li’l Latin Troglodytes shies wide of the lens
All the short (mouse-murmour) Winter-day long;
Great tits, fluffy long tails, buff coals and blues,
Spadgers, bold bobbins, emerald half-collared doves
Hedgewise, furtive dunnocks daub nut-earthy hues
Flourished with the rose-glow of pigeons in love.
Woodpecker contours her crimson-lit tail
Nuthatch skims silver-stalk –
Magpies and jackdaws sheer-glossly regale
Choral starlings’ cacophony versed.
No sprawk hooking prey
Neither crows nor a jay
Nor finches alighting opaline birch;
Sound shadows sight
Beneath night-darkened day
Upon tawny’s ink-sequestered, pine perch.