Birds in the Pine

black bird wing beats 

an oscillating fan whoosh overhead

twisting, the formation alights 

high in the pines

chirps mingle

with pine cone picking

imitating the tinkle 

of tiny snapping icicles,

or miniature wind chimes

the flock clears a tree

then moves on

with military precision and discipline

the birds will carry those seeds for miles

carrying them across rivers and mountains

they will deposit them in distant fields

on verdant hillsides

and, in all probability, 

on the shoulder of my new shirt

those birds are stooges,

unwitting pawns,

and I am the thing shat upon by the unwitting pawns

About B Gourley

Bernie Gourley is a writer living in Bangalore, India. His poetry collection, Poems of the Introverted Yogi is now available on Amazon. He teaches yoga, with a specialization in pranayama, and holds a RYT500 certification. For most of his adult life, he practiced martial arts, including: Kobudo, Muay Thai, Kalaripayattu, and Taiji. He is a world traveler, having visited more than 40 countries around the globe.
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