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Her Cardinal Significance
Donna Pflueger

Look at you, red hair spiked and over-done kohl
around your eyes, with your right foot planted north, 
the other south, you look as if you’re on a surfboard
instead of a dried sunflower pod ripe with seeds,
its thick stem curving downward, supporting
your Cardinal weight. You are a splash
of remarkable on this warm, waveless day,
so unaware as you snap the hull, munch
the kernel, that someone planted this for you
knowing you couldn’t resist. She couldn’t resist
either, captured you into a digital memory  
born of golden joy, now feathered red
into summer’s end. 

© by Donna Pflueger. Used with the author’s permission.

Photo by Susan Beaulé.


Donna Pflueger is a poet living in the high desert of Cottonwood, Arizona, where her inspiration to write occurs by simply stepping outside (although she admits to being easily distracted by her love of dogs and birds!). Having lived in the Midwest and Southwest, she will soon be contemplating where she would like to spend her retirement years. Recently, Donna’s poems have appeared at Your Daily Poem, The Healing Muse, and Möbius the Poetry Magazine.

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Lovely, nature completely captured, if that is possible.
Posted 09/11/2012 04:07 PM
Love the oh-so-original 'splash of remarkable' the lovely poem with the wonderful photo that imspired it. A day late to comment but a poem to remember. Judy
Posted 09/10/2012 11:15 AM
I love cardinals and I love this poem. It is just so right!
Posted 09/09/2012 06:57 PM
Larry Schug:
I, too, like the surfboard image, feet planted north and south. Good eye!
Posted 09/09/2012 06:03 PM
"Remarkable" images of a bird not ordinarily remarked upon. Thanks.
Posted 09/09/2012 06:00 PM
I love the "surfboard" reference. Lovely poem and photo. Hats of you and Susan, too!
Posted 09/09/2012 12:08 PM
Donna, Elated to see your poem up here. The poem itself and the photography--all"a splash of remarkable" on this Sunday morning in September.
Posted 09/09/2012 10:55 AM

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