Out my office window,
I watch the ducks rummage in the grass
The topknot pigeons chase each other
Lusty with desire,
and the blackbirds surround and tease the plover.
The blackbirds seem to laugh as they dance about.
Red-headed green parrots step out of a low bush
And stagger as if slightly drunk and hold seeds to their mouths
With their clawed feet.
No blackbird ever teases a parrot.
Once I saw a hawk
Swoop down and rise like a god
To hover, its shadow passing coldly across the green lawn.
All the other birds disappeared, they did not fly away,
They melted away.
They fear the hawk.
I sit in my office and realise they are out in the sun and air
And I am in here.
Published by David O'Sullivan