day 5: for the birds


For the birds


after William Carlos Williams


I’m sorry

for the birds.


You are brand new so

you don’t know yet that they are living

in the window casing


chickadees and

once I asked the cat to eat them

earnestly at 5:45 a.m.


but I’ve apologized since then.

Now I am looking at you

looking at them


upside down, eyes

out the window.


I’m sorry I might use this

as a reason to love

or not to love you.


The chickadees are about to open

their big mouths. I’m sorry.

You are so brand new

you haven’t even

spoken yet.

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