The Stork

A huge white question mark
stalks a field outside Bassersdorf.

Black mourning tips folded back,
a softly red bill probes the earth.

The legendary bringer of babies,
your blessed image hangs above

those more fortunate doors.
Ours creaked open a few times,

but you were always scared away
by those sudden violent slams.

Still, it is great to tick you off
my boyhood bird-watching list.

The boy gaups at your grandeur,
but not the adult behind the door.



Matthew Friday is a writer, professional storyteller and primary school teacher. By all means check out the results at: