Pink flamingos and feral crows - getting quarantine out of my system by writing some words and making a small book.
Pink Flamingos and Feral Crows
the hum of worker bees
a leaf blower being wielded endlessly,
an open fridge door beeping,
the neighbour’s dog yapping,
a fractious child across the way
A quarantine soundscape.
a cat on the shingle roof, soft treading the gutter, suspended above the city.
Later, prowling in the long grass
a steady stare,
a virtual world of mountains with colours for names
‘pink mountain’s real claim to fame is the high population of rare Arctic butterflies attracted here by the region’s blossoms’
‘it is a very scary place; reminiscent of a 1970’s horror movie’
I discover ‘big white’, ‘emerald’,
‘silver tip’ and more.
while the world sleeps,
I discover pink flamingos
and feral crows,
give away garden flowers
and a tiny front yard book exchange.
the temperature rising.
Radishes in the grey plastic tub
are quietly wilting.
I consider the crenellations of a thousand fir trees
on the distant mountain,
watching for the snow melt,
day after day.
I’m having trouble with the phone,
have dropped the croutons on the floor,
spoken to a federal officer at the door.
‘talk in a low tone
this will help you stay calmer’
A northern Flicker, thrashes and crashes against a glassy pane
as a creeping nausea descends,
This may be the longest day.
‘a rational person can find peace by cultivating indifference to things outside of their control ’
This is a
Day ten was the hardest.
Words and images © Caroline Fraser 2021
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Colourful abstracted and traditional photographic landscapes, book art and workshops. Capturing the moods and beauty of nature whether in wild open places or in small sanctuaries in suburbia.