Treasure Island

Bri Edwards


65th-Birthday Gift(S) ..... [My Birthday Hike With My Mate; Birds; Cheap Spousal Gifts; SHORT]


My odometer turned over again. I’m a youthful 65.
To my delight I was given 3 fine gifts; gifts that were alive!

We had gone hiking up a hill, overlooking the nearby ocean.
I heard a call from above us, and saw three birds in motion.
Three peregrine falcons soared and swooped. Was it all for FREE?
No! said my mate: “I paid them lots of money,.....to do it all for thee.”

Submitted: Sunday, July 07, 2013
Edited: Monday, July 08, 2013

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

on the coast of trinidad (california) , june 28,2013. of course my wife was joking.....i think. she enjoyed them more, perhaps, than i did.
peregrine falcons, which look like streamlined hawks, are known for having been close to extinction due to pesticide contamination during my lifetime. a pesticide, DDT i think, was banned in the u.s. and efforts were made to encourage successful nesting, including providing artificial nest sites on tops of city skyscrapers. the birds are also famous for the tremendous speed with which they dive to knock a future meal-bird (another species) out of the air.

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(July 6,2013)

Comments about this poem (65th-Birthday Gift(S) ..... [My Birthday Hike With My Mate; Birds; Cheap Spousal Gifts; SHORT] by Bri Edwards )

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  • Charles Darnell (7/14/2013 10:34:00 AM)

    I think you meant this to be humorous, and it is....but there is a sense of deep love and appreciation in this little piece. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (7/10/2013 8:50:00 AM)

    Wow! This small poem of yours once more affirms your entitlement as a comedian! To have arranged such an aerial show to honour you on your birthday, what did you give her in return, I wonder? ... Thoroughly enjoyed! ! By the way... Belated Birthday Greetings! (Report) Reply

  • Wang Qian (7/8/2013 11:33:00 PM)

    'a youthful 65 '!

    You have a very young heart ~ I envy your birthday gifts and you are so blessed to have them.

    I hope I can have some gifts like yours when I grow to your age.

    The poem shows the simplicity and the joy in love and life!

    Thanks for sharing! I'm very glad to read your poem! (Report) Reply

  • Unwritten Soul (7/8/2013 8:44:00 PM)

    lol my mind was disturbed, how from beginning i think that it is your wife's birthday though i not read it yet, oh i guess because one of my friend having her birthday yesterday....lol correction here now, happy birthday to you Bri...about dandelion, thanks a lot...the basement? ahh was where i found a dandelion lost from its companion in abandoned place/house..i will change it then :) Thanks Bri...wishing you Happy Birthday one more time, and the last line was so nice, touching..genuine love_SOul (Report) Reply

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