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  • Out there, somewhere, prowls a thief.

    I tell you this as we sit looking out the window waiting for spring to arrive on birds' wings. You raise your eyebrows.

    He is beautiful in a startling way. But only if you look past his habits. His horrible voice. I am certain of this. This is how it goes. This is how it always goes. He, and yes, I assume, I absolutely assume that he's a he, a showy, flashy he-- steals precious things I lay out.

    That you use the word "steal" is interesting, you say, revealing. How can someone "steal" something laid out, offered.

    You ignore my baiting.
    I frown. I fret.
  • I say "steal" because he is a vanishing act grabbing it all. In one fell swoop. Gone. Boom. Done. Over.

    Stealing is a human construct, you say. And this isn't even stealing.

    I fret. I frown.

    Let it go, you say. What do you care. It is as it is. That's how things go. It's just a cake of suet. Birds will be birds.

    It is thievery, I insist. Or gluttony. Which is just as bad. And it's always the big brilliant bully boy birds.

    You laugh. We sip coffee. Look out at the grackles and starlings and red-wing blackbirds and blue jays strutting about the feeders. Stunning birds. Thieves. The bad boys of birdydom. I smirk.

    And then you point.
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