It’s really very simple,
How things are going to change.
We learn what we need to know by watching
How Mr. heron stands in the marsh.
He stands until the tide ebbs
To the point where a large fish
As if tossed up by the water
In a floppy arc.
And then Mr. Heron stirs
Like a business man
In a dark suit,
Lifting himself slowly on wings
That never hurry.
And then you turn to me and say,
He looks sad.
Yes, it is much sadder than beautiful
To watch him fly away.