I miss the Mockingbird. He could be irritating, he wasn't very nice to others, he'd chase them for no real reason, make a big show around other boy Mockingbirds, he probably had some real unpleasant political views, probably a card carrying member of the NRA, might even have been a Republican with nothing bad to say about the corporate donor class. In fact he could have been a really nasty piece of work. But I miss him.
In the meanwhile, I begin to suspect, others don't feel quite the same way about
the Mockingbird. Chipping Sparrows, who a person doesn't really expect to see
chasing off a Nuthatch or making a bee line for a Starling or buzzing a sun hat
are almost completely out of control. And there's a pair of Gnatcatchers, who
are little and tiny, had the nerve to give the gardener with a bad back and a
bit of a limp a what for when he was watering the seedlings. And there's that
fate worse than death a bedroom window Tanager! Yes I do, I miss the