One Brave Bird

One brave bird
Beaten by egg-crushing cats.

One brave bird
Angry at the cat-keeping block.

One brave bird
Has surrounded us.

Squawking with relentless fury
In the gold fire of her heart,

Shooting down bullets of bird spit
That the whole community ignores.

Surrounding the block
With a phantom chain of battling noise;

Her nest a ruin of bones in the hedge
Her new generation murdered.

In the field of few men
A natural garland of nature;

The daises dance in the air
The moles have big blue eyes –

Let one brave bird join you
To live out her long red life.

2019

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