Lake of Flamingos

Doug Blair 1951 (London)

The ultra light makes for good time.
Jungle below, so green for a while.
Fifteen minutes back
The elephants in line
Took the evident path through
Luxuriating on the new foliage.
From above, it was spectacular.
Camera clicking like crazy
For Mustafa and myself.
Seemingly we turn a corner.
Expansive and at high level.
Pink friends are everywhere.
Multiplied thousands on the lake.
Upon their stilt legs
Or suddenly taking flight
In delighted swarming bunches.
Mustafa takes us up higher
God’s view perhaps
Of a magnificent fraction
Of what he has done in Africa.
Pink and blue, pink and blue.
Glad to be back.
Now, might we land this baby
For a hands-on encounter?
Walk the shoreline?

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Written on January 29, 2023

Submitted by dougb.21370 on January 29, 2023

Modified by dougb.21370 on January 29, 2023

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Stanza Lengths 26, 1

Doug Blair

Doug was once a lawyer. Frustrated. Went broke 1987. Turned to manufacturing. People talked straight. Worked hard. Listened when appropriate. Lead Hand Shipper and Workplace Safety. Married to Hilary 1974. Two kids Lauren and Jordan. Poet. Photographer. Hiker-photographer. Harmonica busker. more…

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