Muscadine Lines: A Southern Journal

In Praise of Snowy Egrets

Diane Elayne Dees

Like floating origami, they glide by,
their pleated wings the very essence
of aviation; surely the sight of them
inspired the first kite. On the dullest day,
they are whitest white against stippled sky,
lines and angles juxtaposed on bark and brick,
standing gracefully even in algae-clouded
ditches. Their wings flap over my garden
in DaVinci-inspired grace; they startle me
on the side of the highway, where they feed,
bent like ballet dancers in tableau.
Soft crest, needle beak, crane legs—
the daily poem of my habitat.


Diane Elayne Dees lives in Covington, Louisiana. Last year, she had two poems nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and she has poetry recently published or forthcoming in Mobius, Out of Line, The Binnacle, The Raintown Review, Umbrella, Lucid Rhythms, and the Syracuse Cultural Workers' Women Artists Datebook.

© Diane Elayne Dees

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