23 June at 09:41 ·
Silver Spring, MD ·
… At the labor temple –
The mockingbirds are at war.
One dives from the 30-minute
parking sign, one perched on a
high security camera. They are
fighting over a small pin oak planted
by union hands and hearts.
Who represents the voices of the night?
The little voices who sing their hearts out
until they find a partner. Their class, the
songbirds – the whippoorwills, the loons
all the poets and song crafters who lift
inspiration from the air.
Lofty attempts to re-create what
nature provides, like that pin oak –
all mulched up and majestic.
Who represents the carpenter bees?
They are being trapped in mason jars,
to keep them from boring into the
fancy benches placed around the
Who represents the crow?
Labeled ominous, being chased
by two smaller birds. They dart across
this neatly sodded land, held away from
a separate set of capital plans.
The solid black shadow of a trickster,
bell weather of doom …
Who placed that
on the crow?
Who represents the little birds?
Pecking and soaring the crows away?
At the labor temple, this morning –
around and around we go …