busy airport, chaos
joins with miraculous activity
a rock pigeon appears outside
the boarding gate window
with a blue plastic binding strap
in its bill

we too are nest building
migrating, seasonal, nervous egg-layers
flyers, travelers, heady anthill hub
wheeled bags tick-ticking
across the tiles

bringing bits of nest material
with us as carry-on luggage
we jockey for the aisle seats
strange birds, the lot of us
born wingless, yet
we fly


April 27, 2018, Newark, New Jersey

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