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Encounter at Water’s Edge

Hefty, ‘spansive, heavens-shifter
your form is graceful white,
sweeping lines seamless in flight,
clumsy touchdown to easy drifter,

slender throat bowing lofty head.
Majestic bird ringed for royalty
noted for honour and loyalty
sifting, panhandling, for sacrificial bread.

Strategically you advance ashore
steadily with superior aggressive poise 
and vicious guttural white noise
arching those two shattering lores;

rearguards of your tiny vision
and weakling legs. But bolder feet
stand and step up, and you retreat.
Your raid humbled to recision.

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