In the stone bowl of the bird-bath
rainwater reflections razzle,
copper leaves still jiggling
in the beech tree dazzle,
backlit by sharp autumn sun.
On the edge of the bowl,
a robin puffs up his scarlet breast,
competing with burnished berries
lighting up the hedge,
portents of cold weather,
while other birds flock together,
whirling and soaring in complex choreography
of Busby Berkeley
before they say goodbye one last time
and migrate to a warmer clime.
All the while, the robin waits
for his mate:
they are the Fred and Ginger
© Kim M. Russell, 2016
Images found on www.moorhen.me.uk and Pinterest
Lillian is our host for today’s Poetics with some of that old razzle dazzle! She wants us to sparkle her by absorbing the definitions of these words: Razzle: showiness that astonishes; Dazzle: amaze, brightness, brilliance, glare; Sparkle: effervescence, excel, shine, vivacity, energy, oomph, gusto; and then writing about something or someone or someplace or some experience that portrays the mood of the words, using the words, one of them, or none of them. But we must evoke their mood and razzle dazzle Lillian!