UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECT

by Joanna Gilman Hyde

The Hawk Queen Bed 8:37pm

I’ve been playing the role

of Domestique

and enjoying it, for the most part

but the Time Has Come

for Me to Branch Out

to ruffle My Feathers

like the big buzzard-like bird

I saw this afternoon

with a big red beak/head

— a bird I had never seen before —

It flew off through the view

of hastily-grabbed binoculars

beyond the scrub spruce

I have yet to look It up