Redcurrant thief

bold as brass, the blackbird
sashays across the garden
wingtip brushes my nose
quizzical eye checks me
out – what will I dare?
what will he?

poses for a moment on the redcurrant bush,
angles his head down, tweezes a scarlet berry
with surgical delicacy
in that chrome-yellow beak
flicks his head, it’s gone

moves on to the next.

Mandy Macdonald is an Australian writer living in Aberdeen. Recent poems have appeared in Impspiring, Causeway/Cabhsair, The Poets’ Republic, and elsewhere in print and online, and in anthologies such as Multiverse (Shoreline of Infinity) and Vaster Than Empires (Grey Hen). Her debut pamphlet, The temperature of blue, is imminent.