12 x 24 in, oil on birch, 2012 - 13

At Water’s Edge

We learn by doing
And do by learning

After watching these chicks grow
Day by day
Nothing more satisfying than seeing them
On their way

From round puffy balls
Little bodies developing

Poised to plunge

Camaraderie of siblings
Confidence from togetherness
Developmental rituals that all species have

All the more poignant when noticing others
Innocence, and witnessing of it, easily allure