Monday, May 07, 2012
shadows magpie applause
The back of a road sign shows the hard shadows of leaves.
First thing this morning I see a magpie alight on a tv aerial. It perches there for a minute while the aerial sways. It has a twig in its beak. With a push and a flap it takes off and flies over our house. The aerial is still untenanted but it is still swaying.
In the vegetable garden I hoe the onions which Lucy sent me from Brittany. A green spike is beginning to emerge from each set so that I can see where to take the hoe, but I must go carefully. As I reach the end of a row, there is a sudden burst of applause. Or so it seems. In fact it is a pigeon leaving the tree behind me and noisily flapping its wings as pigeons do.