(for Craig and Koan) Hooded merganser not so hidden among the mallards and geese, liminaling its way home on the low-slung canal, water drained for the season. Black and white crest on full display, a stamp on this day to mark how we walked the canal. That is to say, how you were being born on this coast, and you, dying, on the other, and we saw a hooded merganser on its way north, or south, could be either. That is to say, how we were just walking, trying to make room for it all. Where is home, how do we hold it? Migrants always from this moment that births us.
The science inspiring the piece:
'Hooded Merganser' - All About Birds
Feature image by Shane Chang