The Dark

As junior and I stood, shoes sinking in the slushy marshy banks of the lake, this ibis uncharacteristically circled overhead a couple of times. I could have ratcheted up the EV but would have only ended up with an unremarkable abdomen. Thinking quickly on my clogged feet, I stepped it down a bit for this flattering silhouette instead.

A tanka for the bird:

Shrouded bronze presence
this gregarious nomad
unflappable yet
ebbing shallow wading quag
looming fate a dark silhouette

[Framed: A glossy ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) in silhouette over Lotus Lake, Aarey Forest, Mumbai]

– Narendra Nayak © 2021

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