“I always think that the best way to know God is to love many things.” ~ Vincent van Gogh

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

I open my door at 6am

Late autumn sunrise streaks the sky.
Small birds flit and twitter through low trees.
A fat white ibis fossicks in the gutter,
stalking slowly (ignoring me), rhythmically
dipping and lifting its long, hooked beak.


  1. Is "fossick" colloquial? Can't find it in the dictionary! I see your scene at 6 AM, Rosemary, and I'm captivated.

    1. Well, good heavens, I hadn't realised, but yes it is colloquial. (I bet you got the meaning anyway.)

      fos·sick (fsk)
      v. fos·sicked, fos·sick·ing, fos·sicks Australian
      1. To search for gold, especially by reworking washings or waste piles.
      2. To rummage or search around, especially for a possible profit.
      To search for by or as if by rummaging.
      [English dialectal, to find out, dig up.]
      fossick·er n.


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