1, 2, or 3 birds falling…

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1 bird falls from the sky into the backyard of a neighbor…

at a gray textured wall dirtier than parchment and damp from rain someone leans like “they” are “there” at the wall, and with one ear pressed, they listen to the sound of a mumble that whispers through – dipping into the vocal world of a woman who is speaking with her mouth very close to the ear that is listening, but from the inside like a séance…with doors and windows that wish they could open…

2 birds fall from the sky into a furrow freshly cut by a farmer…

and the someone who is straining to listen and really hear, is a man on the cusp of being able to interpret and solve her dilemma, and his heart is in his pocket, and he holds a gold chalice idea of the woman he can barely hear – and she sings in the way that only she can, using what little music she has heard, to sing like a 12 year old girl sings “Ave Marie – I am innocent do not spoil my cancer…”

3 birds fall from the sky into the basket of a washerwoman…

and they swoon like opera – heads swaying on either side of the wall – with attentive ears, and expectant mouths and soft breaths that coo and fill the space between them with the rich helium of better surroundings; white cap walks on black sand beaches, and maybe a finger tip that touches one face or the other will point up towards the sky to the source of the gray that falls and creates of them – shadows.

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Image from Norfolk Museum:

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6 responses to “1, 2, or 3 birds falling…

  1. My favorite metaphor is “rich helium of better surroundings”. As usual, your work is very different from anything I’ve read, and for this you’ve earned my praise. I very much like your mini-play in three acts. Lush treatment…

  2. I like “swoon like opera”. The one in front has some beak. Happy Saturday.

  3. You are going to be a famous poet someday, said the bird prophet.

  4. Bob – thank you – I like that metaphor as well – thanks for the praise and oh what the heck being me is interesting at least, but being you would be a genius of another nature…

    krkbaker – thanks – I got the swoon part from listening to Callas sing opera while writing this piece…

    TIV – Please look into your crystal ball and answer this question if you would – How famous and how soon… 🙂

  5. TIV – Your response – awesome…

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