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Legislative limerick(s) No. 7: Awaiting a spring migration

Bird's nest high atop Idaho's state Capitol, tucked under the eaves (Betsy Russell)
Bird's nest high atop Idaho's state Capitol, tucked under the eaves (Betsy Russell)

While chasing like mad around the Capitol late this afternoon, I was distracted from my hunt for whichever lawmakers I was pursuing by this sight: A bird’s nest tucked up in a high corner of the Capitol, and a mama pigeon happily tending two fuzzy chicks. I was pushed, as they say, from bad to verse, so here, in two parts, is my latest legislative limerick:

Under the Capitol’s eaves

In a nest made of twigs and small leaves

A pigeon mom’s coo

At her plump nestlings two

They won’t fly far, these small thieves.

Now down in the chambers below

The progress sure seems to be slow

The politics rage

And we can’t turn the page

‘Til back to their districts they go.



Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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