Two Bakbakiris (Bush-Shrikes) (Free Verse Sonnet)
A nest the two bakbakiris did make
in the pepper tree at the garage.
There was grass and leaves and things in their house
and when autumn came and the days got colder
they did protect the nest full of their offspring
as if I or the cat by mistake
would claim their chicks.
Away were the days that the male did entertain the female
like a peacock did court and flutter-fly and sing
as the relationship did come to something more
where from early to late he went in search of food for his family,
everything that he found worthy he brought to each of them
but still she was very important to him
and time and again he did fly in twittering with a worm.
© Gert Strydom