12 Ways of Looking at Birds


Hollow boned, feather light

if it weren’t for birds

would we have thought of flight?


But look –

Icarus was feathered and bird-winged

And De Vinci’s sketches had a birdness about them.


Our flight success is metal and heavy and

spews offal into the air and grinds out

an unnatural roar which


Is not like birdsong.


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