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Joan Loveridge-Sanbonmatsu
Poet
I remember the day of this poem very exactly. It was one of those beautiful Central New York summer days, and it was my birthday. My husband and I went to the Gifford Zoo. And there they wereóthe flamingoes! There were elegant, a brilliant salmon color, outside in the pond, and it was the first time I had seen them outside.

We went on to see the eagles, red pandas, the baby elephants. But I was so taken by the flamingoes, I kept coming back to them. And several of those flamingoes held my gaze, made eye contact. That very afternoon, the haiku wrote itself. I would love to see them fly. I donít think Iíve seen flamingoes fly. So I wonder: do the flamingoes at the zoo fly?

With grace, salmon pink
flamingos stand on one leg
snoozing at the zoo

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