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Martin Walls
Poet
I was driving along Onondaga Lake Parkway, and I saw a blue heron land. It’s a spectacular sight, because they are such large birds and so uniquely constructed. I had written about them before; in my collection of poems I use an image in which I compare the heron—seen this time in Indiana—to an umbrella, because they have the delicate, angular and clumsy structure of that object. They seem no more than bones and feathers.

This time the heron stretched its huge wings and immediately the phrase “city-wide” came to mind—and there was the sudden “panning out”—close observation to expansive—that my haiku needed.

Blue heron stretches
City wide wings—summer haze
Settles on the lake

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