they would be the first to
arrive    sensing viscera
the fat one leading     turning her entire head
around     cawing across a shiny
shoulder     come on     there’s more

she should know
well-feathered belly distended with yesterday’s feast

and look    the eager ones    newcomers to this
plague     unduly prying    oh they’ll try anything
once     already taking notes in illegible
four-toed scratch

it’s hard to sleep through the ruckus they make


briefly appeared on thirteen myna birds — april 12, 2010



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