Flamingo with Magnolia

this flamingo
to the ground
toes pointed like a dancer
balancing on one long leg
other leg bent
Bend her two elbows inward
one up, one down, like the legs
awkward arms akimbo
skinny as maypole ribbons
A breeze ruffles her pink blouse
and copper hair
A pirouette-not-yet
she stretches one arm skyward
reaching for a magnolia
See how the twig
so anxiously hands it to her?
It falls apart in her hands
Magenta, fuchsia, and ivory
fluttering down like broken china
Sparkling emerald grass
is layered with pink loveliness
She cups her hands to her face
and inhales deeply
any remaining perfume
She does not want to ruin any more blossoms
She didn’t know anything so beautiful
could be so fragile

"What do you want to do with your precious life?"  - Mary Oliver

"What do you want to do with your precious life?" - Mary Oliver

Ruth Hill was born and educated in upstate New York, and traveled North America extensively. Ruth spent 5 years living entirely off the grid, sailing the west coast of British Columbia. She became a Lightstation Keeper, a Log Scaler, and a Certified Design Engineer. Over 330 of her works have received awards or publication in the US, UK, Canada, Israel, Australia, and online. She has won 1st prizes in Gulf Coast Ethnic & Jazz Poetry, Heart Poetry, Lucidity, Poets for Human Rights (twice!), and Writers Rising Up! environmental poetry. She welcomes email at ruthhill@joiedevivregardens.ca