Catching Up Over the Pavement and the Distance

What are those birds on the wire talking about?
The yellow
daffodils that have been blooming since February?
The blue
edge of the ocean?
The orange
magnetic rim of the horizon?
The outline of the trees?

Are they talking birdy-gossip?
Fighting over direction
scheming to get ahead?

Are they joking? Laughing
and smiling?
Passing news from the south
to the birds from the north?
Catching up with old friends
over the pavement
and the distance?

They cackle and caw
like a table of geriatric women, white and bitter.
They’re taking a tone
when I walk below them,
cautious and reserved.  A warning.
Maybe they know something
I don’t.


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