The Backyard Zoo Part I

by Phyllis Beebe


Bold as brass, in striped coat
he bolts across the grass
To cram his cheeks with birdfood
and dart away as fast.


Blue Jay

"A bath, a bath, hoorah, hooray!"
he cries with raucous voice.
No "dirty bird", the brilliant Jay
Well groomed he is by choice.

Rocky Coon

Paw prints on the white birdbath!
Masked visitor's concealed
By dark of night have come to drink
As morning light revealed.

Roscoe Rabbit

Unseen, he thinks, and silently
He lopes across the lawn,
Nibbles a mouthful of the corn,
And suddenly is gone.