That magpie has a bit of string in its beak
guess they’re building a new house, here comes
the missus they’re so elegant in white shirts
and black suits but they sure squawk a lot
couples create their own dynamics
the magpies mate for life you know, my cat
is afraid of them but they mean no harm
magpies like two planes coming into SFO
here comes one, here comes the other right
behind, if you ever went out to Coyote Point to see
them you know, maybe that bit of string
I saw was actually a worm – dinner for two
with a coupon, magpies are tightwads.
---- Gerda Garbatzky escaped from Nazi-occupied
Austria at the start of WWII. The home she fled to in
Birmingham was bombed. Her father, grandmother and
other relatives were killed by the Nazis. She settled in
New York. Then she got breast cancer. She survived.
Her grandson, Geoffrey Sorenson, wanted to grieve
with his family for Grandma Gerda but he could not
because he had COVID too. When he posted an obituary
online he got thousands of responses. His grandmother,
he said, would have been honored.
Gerda Garbatzky, a retired bookkeeper, was 90 years old.