Long legs for stalking in the shallow swamp
A long neck and wings
for long distant aerodynamic flight
A long beak for snatching up frogs and fish, snakes and mice
Whoooop! Whoop! Whoooop!
I am the whooping crane!
I dance when the earth rises,
when the snow melt floods the rising creek.
I dance when the pasque flower pushes up through the springing earth.
I dance when the sun rises,
when the flocks of birds rise from the trees,
rising from the everglades to the great north woods.
I dance in the tall prairie grasses,
my head bobbing like cattails in a spring storm
wings extended, long legs strutting,