Rudder tail directing the way
their slide back, bruise patch of blue

A self-seeker waiting on the
corner of nature. An unruly thief
no empathy in his stuttering click, click!

Shell tapping tone. A thousand
raindrops on a slate roof shot from an Uzi.

Dozy red eye, with burglar vision,
up to something mannerisms.

Convict beak, pirate ship nest
two prime coloured, jack of all beaks

egg shell breaker, bank robber
yolk dipper, underworld gangster

By Gareth Culshaw

large black and white magpie in the grass

Gareth lives in North Wales. He loves the outdoors especially Snowdonia. He is published in various magazines across the U.K. Visit his website here.

Photo of Magpie, Pica pica, by John Sandoy

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