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Rising Star

“Not your place,” squawked heron,

his long legs strolling sideways toward white egret on the bulkheaded bank.


As I watched from the opposite shore, egret, being the rising star between them, artfully launched herself over the water,


plunging with great drama, then rising straight above me, struggling with my

bold blogger’s camera in the bright sun.


No shy bird, she, nor insistent on territory above popularity, like heron. She took her moment as it came, smiling for my camera.

Pamela Brothers Denyes’ award-winning poems appear in multiple journals and international anthologies. Her full-length poetry collections, The Right Mistakes and The Widow’s Lovers, are available from Kelsay Books and Amazon. Pamela’s chapbook, As I Lay Dreaming, is available on her web site. Now retired, she's harvesting forty years of poetry journals to create new works—and fun! Reach her at

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