Baltimore Bird

March 25, 1992|By William Amelia TEN things that sound better than they are: 1. Hot buttered rum. 2. Staying home with a good book. 3. The Super Bowl. 4. Picnics. 5. The beach. 6. Pate. 7. Traveling. 8. Cherry pie. 9. Face lifts. 10. Being a princess. It takes six months to get into shape and two weeks to get out of shape. Once you know this you can stop being angry about other things in life and only be angry about this. Comedian Rita Rudner

A streak of flame orange and black

blurs the corner of my eye,

then turns, slows and settles

in a pine tree nearby.

It was seen before in another time,

by colonists we've heard,

who saw the colors of their lords

and called it Baltimore bird.

Baltimore Oriole, master builder

of pendant nests in treetops tall,

faithful fire bird migrant, even

Henry Thoreau awaited its call.

Oriole, high over the trees

from far Mexico and beyond,

to here, here in a pine tree

by a greening saltmarsh pond.

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