The Glacier Bird
Fri, 23 Oct 2020
The Diuca finch builds its nest
inside glaciers with trepidation.
The bird has found it is best
to raise the chicks in isolation
because like this they keep at bay
unwanted, aggressive, intruders
like hot-blooded birds of prey
or ill-intentioned sharpshooters.
Two eggs are laid in April or May,
the young leave the nest in July.
Before fledging they will stay
secluded until they can fly.
But rearing a family is no fun;
if the slow-moving mass of ice
starts to melt under the sun
it may be a fool's paradise.
What they need is a frozen clime
to enable them to survive.
They have to race against time
otherwise they will nosedive
towards imminent extinction.
Yet ecologists hold on
to the absolute conviction
that the breed will live on.
© Luigi Pagano 2020