Ode to the Birds Building a Nest in my Apartment Building

Small shadows dart in and out

of two new holes in my apartment building.

Tiny holes, new doors to studio dwellings.

Inside sounds like spring

with loud chirps of wide mouthed chicks.

Hungry for fresh air, and ask their parents for the sun

to fill their tiny bellies with earth

so they swell with plumage and strong wings

to depart from these studio apartments.

To fly away and leave these tiny holes

quiet like a cold winter

with empty nests, and parents move away.

These birds have built

homes in our walls.

They take in the sound of families

and move out.

Leave the neighborhood

to swallow down the sun

like so many teenagers before them.

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