I Wish to Have Speaks With You

“A very high pitched kee-ee, almost like a whistle.”


As raptors go they’re small

A pound or so per hawk,

And O the joy it brings

To hear their high-pitched talk


Kee-ee kee-ee says one

From a slightly distant tree

Kee-ee kee-ee replies another

Perched just over me


Kee-ee kee-ee from their child

With his longitudinal streaks

And then all three are gathered

The better to have their speaks


I stay as still as I can

Neck craned painfully

As they silently plan their agenda

Perched in my lace-bark tree


Not a word is spoken

But soon they have a plan

Each lifts to execute it

My neck will be straight when it can


Author: Phoebe Dishman

Phoebe H. Dishman was born and raised in Beaumont, Texas. She is a wife, mother, and grandmother. An essayist and poet, she teaches adult Sunday school, compiles a monthly prayer calendar, edits the Big Thicket Association quarterly bulletin, and keeps a keen eye and ear open for birds.

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