Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Aaron Belz

Among Birds

Having spent the better part of the morning
among birds, having heard
                               what they whisper
to each other as the sun comes up,

having noted how they name their offspring,
with names like Fuzz Packet and Mr. Charming,
Devily Doo and The Potato Famine Boy,

having observed, if momentarily,
as they begin to glide, their haughty eyes
and knife-like toes,
       I hereby reject birds
       and not only birds but
the places where they dwell,  the patterns
of their lives, the very cosmic instinct
that brings them into being—in fact, the skies;

having been raised by birds and
having nursed at their impossible teats
and been subjected to their whimsical
sarcasm, also having been approached by
them on several occasions—

when my star had risen and theirs perhaps had not—

                             in the name of
neighborliness or good citizenship and having
politely asked them to step off,
                               can't you see
I'm busy, type of thing, and having quietly
informed them that I no longer belong
to their so-called tribe,
       I hereby request
that they wipe the silly smirks off their faces
and find other people to circle, other places
to drop their glob-like feces, and that is all
I ask of them, not that we can't exist on the same
planet, free-thinking individuals,
       in equal

if separate and clearly demarcated communities.

Aaron Belz is the author of The Bird Hoverer. He lives in St. Louis, Missouri.