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The Magpie
by Michael Escoubas

After a fresh fall of snow
the magpie shakes snow-salt
off his wings. No wind disturbs
the powder on bush or limb.

I love the way Monet
blends his grays and blues
with delicate hues
of reds and yellows—

a scene so suited to his hero:
one contemplative blackbird
resting on the fence-gate
in waning winter light.

I feel a touch of envy
for my tuxedoed friend—
at peace within himself
content just being where he is.

Response to Claude Monet's, The Magpie,
created during the winter of 1868-1869,
near the commune of Etretat in Normandy.


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