Persistence — A Poem

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“Squirrel” — C.Birde, 7/19

 

A triangulation

of squirrels

moon-white bellies

pressed

to cooling grass,

deliberates.

Slide-rule minds

consider

pergola

baffle

wind’s speed & direction.

Firctionless limbs

(five per each)

unaffected by

gravity

space

time.

A persistence

of squirrels

calculating

climbing

flying

empties the feeder

in ten minutes

flat.

 

— C.Birde, 7/19

 

Wisdom & Whiskers — A Poem

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“Wisdom & Whiskers” — C.Birde, 1/19

 

When the student

is ready,

the teacher will

appear”…

I am not yet seated

to accept

this instant,

this moment,

this now —

and the sage

arrives.

Paws correct

posture;

rough tongue

adjusts hands’

placement;

trace of whiskers

prickles,

challenges

focus.

Lap

full.

Heart

open.

Progress gauged

by tail’s tip;

critique delivered

in rumble and

purr.

 

 

— C.Birde, 1/19

 

 

Little Green Snakes — A Dream

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“Little Green Snakes” — 10/18

 

Stop.

Just stop.

Don’t hand her another.

She’s too young, does not understand the harm she inflicts.

Each one – gripped in her dimpled, pudgy hands – wriggles, thrashes, droops,

is reduced to a limp length of still-brilliant spring green.

Laughing, she tosses them aside – lifeless; they land

belly up, curled on the flags beneath her high chair –

the first, the second, and the third.

Please – don’t hand her another.

She doesn’t understand.

Just stop.

Stop.

 

 

— C.Birde, 10/18