gets its name from the saucer magnolia
which dominates the front,
and the blooming of which
for a few short weeks each April
is similar, albeit inversely,
to the plumage of a flock at a waterhole
in an otherwise dry savannah.
When the owners, after years of trying
finally become expectant,
the mother-to-be takes her eye off the bump
for the briefest time,
but that suffices for an ancient adage –
that any aversion of the ostrich’s gaze
would result in addling – to come true.