Loggerhead Shrike

~Loggerhead Shrike~

 

A sparrow bleeds 
from taut barbed wire
strung around harvest-worn
and frozen fields 
razed by the locust's
late summer raid.

 

Black-capped, scolding chickadees
and dark-eyed rodents:
beware of the bandit-masked
and hook-beaked butcher bird.

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