Early Bird

The Earth is soaked over-brim and steaming
See proud red cardinal, it is the first
Early bird, to catch and savor
Terror-limp worm curling under
Slick and silent, lacking cruelty
The sole witness a month-old hare
Bug-eyed the dirty-work is done
And both babe and red king hop-along
To the plucky omnivore
Goes its base-need; survival
The urban-jungle morning has begun

ŠTanzen Lilly July 2020
Written by TCLilly (Tanzen Lilly)
Author's Note
For The Hawk in the Rain competition. Inspired by To Paint a Water-Lily by Ted Hughes:
All writing remains the property of the author. Don't use it for any purpose without their permission.
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