Whoosh! chartreuse chatter
lifts into a golden evening.
Imagination did not prepare me for
the spectacle of wild budgies as they
heave and push through spent grasses
veering to and fro
as if one mind.
Such sights are rare in the flesh.
In videos transmitted by lines and pixels,
the living sound and colour cannot
be matched by our devices.
So let the earth dust your shoes
and the dew settle on your brow.
It is so worthwhile.
* Today, September 1 is the first day of Spring, also Wattle Day. The golden wattle are in blossom in the southern states but here I have captured our version of green and gold (our national colours), featuring wild budgerigars and the winter’s dried, golden grasses. I’ve been feeling a little poetic lately too…and by the way, a ‘chatter’ is what a large flock of budgies is called!