December 7, 2023
The Trouble with Birds, The Takeoff, Sniff
The Trouble with Birds
A penguin will refuse ice cream and
Even if they had toes
Sparrows would not dip them in white sugar
To imitate the sand on a fog-covered beach
Nor will they just sniff a rose without eating
Finches rarely take off after causing trouble
Owls stumble around your living room late at night
Cockatiels letting music ring at high volumes
Until a rooster crows into the dawn
You catch them watching a DVD
All over the sofa
One of them somehow wearing your other boot
Late into the morning,
My head in a fog,
I hear the noise of the birds. I smell
Faint traces of ice cream and sugar treats.
DVD still in the player, on repeat.
You turn down the volume, and I see
You waddling like a penguin
As you stumble around a ring of sleeping toes,
Trying to avoid the trouble of waking someone up.
You reach for your boot.
I sniff your scent as you pass me by
I whisper, “Have a nice time.”
Late Ice cream
SALEM WOLF is a freelance writer and editor. She is a Wiccan High Priestess and married mother of two. Salem enjoys writing about relationships, emotion, friends and lovers, darkness and light, spirituality and the human condition.
When she isn’t reading, Salem likes exploring the natural world, collecting bones, stones and glowing things, drinking tea or coffee, animals, and family time. Posting on social media is rarely at the top of her to-do list; nonetheless, information and samples of her poetry can be found on Instagram and Facebook @salemwolf3.