10 February – Heron’s haikus

Oh, for the patience
of the heron as it stands,
silent, till it counts.

Poised like a statue
adorning the river,
stock still, till it counts.

Oh, for the wisdom
of the heron’s waiting watch –
restrained, till it counts.

Eyes hunting ripples
for low shimmying quarry
till it’s time to pounce.