Mean Birds

from by Zach Landreneau

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starling pecking at the figs
was screaming his head off
scaring the other martins away

on a post we placed
an owl made of plastic
but the starling was never afraid

i leaned up against
an english dogwood
and steadied my benjamin aim

one shot was enough
to kill the starling
and end my hunting game

some birds are mean
because they are lonely
they have no song to sing

i lowered my rifle
and i ran to my father
i had never killed anything

my father said
that i'd done well
that it's good to learn the gun

i was just a boy
and i felt so wicked
for killing only for fun

my father showed
no hesitation
he buried that bird in the compost by the garden

and thats how i learned
death is coming
it's the train thats never late

my eyes aren't keen
and my wings they are heavy
but i am not gonna sit and wait


from Simple Questions, released April 6, 2014



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