I have been taught that birds call for

I have been taught

that birds call for reasons

that make sense to us

sex, territory, calls to community

All the meaty, essential truths of survival

in a whistle or tuneful cry

I wonder, though

If, like me

they are making up stories to tell themselves

when the weather isn’t good

or the food is scarce

or their babies lie dried and still upon the ground

I wonder, too

Do they imagine someone is listening

someone to whom the answer matters

a former mate, the flock, or God

Or do they, too, hear their voices

carried off by the wind and disappearing

with winter only steps away?

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2 comments on “I have been taught that birds call for

  1. Bree says:

    That was really beautiful. It made me cry a little, and I don’t cry easily. Thanks for posting it.

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