A flock of Dunlins startle
rushing to rise
on a Merlin rumor.

Murmuring among themselves
when to shrink or swell
to foil an intrusion.

Summer speckled plumage
like northern lights on wings.

a mesmerizing spell
until it’s safe to feed again.

Image Credit:Tyler Butler

Thomas J Strong Bio

I was born in St. Paul, Mn the oldest boy of ten children. I attended St. Marks grade school and St.Paul Central high school. After high school I tried attending college (3 times) but dropped out and spent 4-5 years traveling. I finally graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BS-Chemical Engineering in 1981, got married and spent the next 35 years working and raising a family. I retired in 2017 and am working full time pursuing my muses.