by Joanna Gilman Hyde

The Hawk Deck 1:50pm

What Does It Mean

To Be A Bird?

Not Just That You

Can Fly —

You can take care of Your Self —

feed Your Self & Your Young —

(though not Your Young if You’re a Cow Bird)

preen Your Self & bathe

stretch Your Wings & Your Claw Feet

fluff up Your Glistening Feathers & bow

Exclaim from Your Perch —

Yes, Exclaim

in Your God-given Voice

that You are Happy

To Be Alive