Birds with Landscape

By Gordon Kennedy

 

there is no other way.

what is, is otherwise

 

than what is not.

the room, the cabinet

 

your words, which have

no meaning here

 

we are removing

birds from landscape

 

till the landscape only

shall remain

 

until the field of view

is landscape only

 

in our world

there is no sound

 

the noise proceeds

from outside, where

 

a gate has opened

& then quickly closed

 

a whirr of wings or

celluloid, as motion

 

pictures image:

flickering, as film

 

feathers shutter

& lisps to a halt

 

then slowly winds

into reverse

 

the scene identical

astonishingly

 

with itself

impossible as daylight

 

we are placing birds

onto the landscape

 

till the landscape

is a single wing

 

until the field of view

is flight alone

 

our task is always now.

it has no end in time

 

& it has not begun.

your observation is

 

conditional: your lives

of no concern

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