Ornithological Poetics

Ok, what is it—
the bird and the word
a bird in the hand
a word in the mouth
no, I never
held a bird
it’s the bird in flight
ha, and the word too, I guess
birds and words on wing
‘nature writing’, my first assay
and I didn’t know
(now I know)
what I’d say

(photo by Flannery O’Kafka)

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