A bathroom and a bird


Brain things / Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

I have a bird on my bathroom floor

He hatched as a spot, a scratch, an eye
Where the furnace vent fell over
And over

He fledged
When someone took hold and
Picked
At the jagged edge and
P u l l e d

I found the patch
The blackstrap scrap
Dropped by a child at the intersection of art and conscience

But art was the stronger
And called her back, creeping to pull and pull again
At a long black crescent
That set a bird free

If I had the wisdom of Solomon
I could tell which artist was involved
And what to do

My training was too neutral
And gender-specific
For bathroom bird removal
And perhaps that is the whole problem with me

I do not know how to fix
Only how
To see

I have a bird on my bathroom floor
And I do not know.

What to do with him

10 Replies to “A bathroom and a bird”

  1. Leave it as a reminder that the bird (picker) will one day leave the nest. Paint some pink hearts and curlicues around it to make it look special!

  2. My first thought was that it’s close enough to the commode for someone with the other gender specific training to decide to use it for a target Hope your boys are too mature for that!๐Ÿ˜‚

  3. I love the poem, too–the coping with and appreciating the unchangeable. I’m practical to a fault, and so two of the cars in my past (both black) sported electrical tape on them to cover screw holes or rust spots. It was waterproof and wore for a long time. So my only recommendation is go for it instead of duct tape if waterproofing is important to your floor. it might get picked at, too, but you can always replace it whenever you spring or fall or (like me, I hope) decade house clean.

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