Bird of Darkness
Listen to the eerie calls
of Barred owls perched along
the wooded edges of the creek.
Hunters of the night, their soft flight gives
no warning to the small beasts
they harvest from winter fields,
just a terrifying flare of wings,
the stun of talons driven home.
Silent death descends,
punctures life’s bubble,
bears the still-warm flesh away.
Sudden, simple, done.
Bird of darkness, when you come for me
surprise me in the smother of your wings.
Play no cat games but strike
hard and true. Swallow me whole,
hair, hide, and bones, complete.
Written By: Leah Helen May
Mama cardinal is looking sleek again,
her olive-green feathers tinged
with cream and persimmon hues.
No more, the dull draggled look
of nesting season.
No more, the constant gaping importunity
of cheeping beaks.
Nothing to hold her to the nest
now that it’s empty.
Not so much as a flash of red
or a note of song
from Papa cardinal
to entice her to do it all over again.
She will do it all over again,
This morning, her only plan
is to fill her own belly
after a few more moments
on this quiet twig.
Written by: Margaret Fisher Squires
WildCare extends heartfelt thanks to the group known as Five Women Poets who raised substantial funds for WildCare at their chapbook reading on May 15th. The poets read their poems from their book “Birds of a Feather” and have graciously allowed WildCare to publish the poems on this website. Watch for them on a monthly basis. Thank you to Patricia C. Coleman, Deborah Pender Hutchinson, Nancy Chen Long, Antonia Matthew, Leah Helen May, Anya Peterson Royce and Margaret Fisher Squires.
Enjoy and evening of wine tasting on the patio and a variety of animal encounters for the whole family at the Butler Winery, 6200 Robinson Road, Bloomington, IN on June 25, 2016 from 6 PM to 9 PM. Proceeds to benefit WildCare Inc. Appetizers will be served. This family friendly event is a perfect way to spend an early summer evening. Admission is $20 per adult (includes wine tasting), $10 for the first child and $5 each additional child.
We would like to remind our supporters who have registered their Kroger Plus Card with Kroger Community Reward to make sure you renew your support of WildCare annually. This can be done by going to www.kroger.com/communityrewards and logging in and updating your selection of WildCare.
The Meadowood Chapter of The WildCare Society has generously sponsored WildCare’s 8 attendees at the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association National Symposium in Norman, OK. Members of the Meadowood Chapter of the Society donated $2,700 to help defray the expenses of WildCare’s volunteers and staff attending the symposium. We are extremely grateful for their generosity! WildCare is also pleased to announce that Amanda Wrigley, WildCare Board President, and Sabrina Saylor, WildCare Education Coordinator, will be among the featured presenters at the symposium. We are very proud of them for bringing this national recognition to WildCare.
The 2016 WildCamp will be held July 11-15 at the WildCare Center at 198 N. Hartstrait Road. Camp tuition is $250 and a deposit of $100 at time of registration is required to hold a spot. To register contact Sabrina Saylor, Education Coordinator, at email@example.com