Austin Texas : PhotoPoem # 5 – Birds in the Bath

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Austin Texas : PhotoPoem # 5

Birds in the Bath



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Birds in Austin by Palmer Auditorium (cropped)

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Birds in the Bath

Winter rains

Spring rains

Rains in Paris and in Austin

The same rains wet with earth made

to moisture.

The birds don’t care.

The water is the same, all good to them.

It doesn’t matter the season or the place.

And the people passing smiling by them

in Paris and in Austin

are like them.

They don’t care either.

The birds are all the same, all good to them.

Rinsing off the muddy differences

mad men try to make

on our Earth.

© 2013 – Felipe Adan Lerma


Birds in Austin by Palmer Auditorium

Birds in Austin by Palmer Auditorium


I very recently, in my Paris Photo series, posted some images of birds bathing in a puddle by the Eiffel Tower, and kept thinking and feeling the similarity to birds just about everywhere I’ve been blessed to go on this Earth.

And though not that many places, enough to feel that particular connection.

Then I remembered I had taken some pictures of birds bathing just a few weeks earlier here in Austin, and couldn’t resist posting a poem for it, and showing the photos.

This was taken just a walk down from our apartment, in a green area between Palmer Events Center and Lady Bird Lake.  Palmer is a reconstructed use of an old auditorium where Sheila and I did almost all our Austin art and craft shows when we were personalizing and selling our poetry to the public back in the 90s.

If you get a chance take a look at the Paris birds bathing by the Eiffel Tower.


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10 Responses to “Austin Texas : PhotoPoem # 5 – Birds in the Bath”

  1. Voyages Vistas Vino April 17, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

    I’ve been to Paris
    I’ve been to Austin
    It’s raining spring in Chicago
    And I’m reading your poem.

    • Felipe Adan Lerma April 17, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

      that’s exactly it ;-) it all around, going round, and binds us all together ;-)

      thanks mark!

  2. Victoria C. Slotto April 17, 2013 at 12:48 pm #

    Ah, would that we could wash off the madness of humanity like the birds. And surpass boundaries, live freely. I love the symbolism in this.

    • Felipe Adan Lerma April 17, 2013 at 12:55 pm #

      so glad you liked that victoria, thanks ;-)

  3. Heaven (@asweetlust) April 17, 2013 at 9:46 am #

    They sure don’t care, its all the same water to them ~ Enjoyed your pictures and words ~ Have a good day ~

  4. charlesmashburn April 17, 2013 at 7:42 am #

    Well said, Adan. I didn’t know you were in Austin. We live in College Station now, but Austin is where Sherry and I met.

    • Felipe Adan Lerma April 17, 2013 at 9:17 am #

      yes, we’ve wandered back to one of my roots, houston and galveston being the others; our youngest girl had her first baby, our first grandson of 5 grandchildren, so that’s been pretty neat ;-)

      meeting in austin isn’t a bad legacy, and college station’s away from what, unfortunately, much of austin has become, a big expensive parking lot ;-)

      but could be much worse, so glad for that, ha! ;-)

  5. claudia April 16, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

    ha smiles..yes..they’re having fun, no matter where in the world they are…we can learn from them me thinks…smiles..

    • Felipe Adan Lerma April 17, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

      it’s amazing how much we still can learn from our fellow creatures, and amazes me each day! thanks claudia ;-)

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