I swear that mama duck is smiling,
proud that all her little ones
are sticking with her
and not behaving badly.
I think it’s hard enough
with two little chicklets;
a half dozen
would more than ruffle my feathers!

It’s so sweet
how they watch and wait
for Mama to make her next move,
swimming when she swims,
sitting when she sits.
Despite the busy world around them –
the people, the traffic, and more –
she is clearly the center of their universe
and they are the center of hers.