Birds and Morning


birds outside my bedroom window subdued
in the dim morning light, claustrophobic
beneath oppressive cover of clouds. rain
seems the order of the day, and it’s about
time we had a shower to cool these hot winds,
unseasonable they say due to global
warming and climate change correlated
to over-consumption of petroleum
products and our past century’s excess—
mammoth carbon footprint like a blue bruise
upon the environment’s fragile spine  . . .
but the birds seem more eager to chatter
about nesting and feeding and gossip
than they do to discuss science and mankind.

David M Pitchford
22 March 2012

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