Whooping cranes (Grus americana) in Aransas Wildlife Refuge, Texas
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The Cranes, Texas January
I call my wife outdoors to have her listen,
to turn her ears upward, beyond the cloud-veiled
sky where the moon dances thin light,
to tell her, “Don’t hear the cars on the freeway—
it’s not the truck-rumble. It is and is not
the sirens.” She stands there, on deck
a rocking boat, wanting to please the captain
who would have her hear the inaudible.
Her eyes, so blue the day sky is envious,
fix blackly on me, her mouth poised on question
like a stone. But, she hears, after all.
January on the Gulf,
warm wind washing over us,
we stand chilled in the winter of those voices.
by Mark Sanders
Listen to whooping cranes atThe Cornell Lab of Ornithology site https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Whooping_Crane/sounds
Watch whooping cranes on this Texas Parks and Wildlife video