Bird of delight
Screaming joy and soaring on the updrift
Predicting sun and spring and clement weather
Building nests of clay and filling them with yellow beaks
Open for insects and feed.
Fast as lightning the black wings arch through warm air
Its tail flickers and the world changes.
What aspirations needs a bird?
Elegant in black and white
It’s only goal is the next meal,
The next flight.
Has simple expressions
Bird of sorrow.
High in the evening sky
The black birds circle,
Crying out their grief.
And the watcher,
Is this an omen of pain?
It may just be darkness coming.
But, more than that,
At the source is a manifestation
Collective and dire:
© HMH, 2018