Three little birds

Three birds bicker on a telephone wire,

each wanting to claim communication as its own.

They tweet and tweet, overlapping, undermining,

swapping positions and stances. Hopping from foot to foot

and puffing out their feathers. A girl walks

by and catches their dispute. In her bag she carries

seed for the wild birds who visit her garden.


She offers some, but they ignore her.

So she leaves the seed on the ground and goes on her way.


As the day wears on, the bickering birds grow tired.

Hunger gnaws at them, and eventually they relent

and fly down to pick at the seed.

As soon as they leave the wire, they forget

what it was that was so important to them about it,

and after they fill their crops, all three fly off to roost.


High tea

And you can see them now

Crocheted hats and grey hair still styled

In the same way as the aging

Black and white photographs

Packed into lace covered albums

Only retrieved on special occasions

Chatting away to each other

During the short bus ride

To and from the local supermarket

Neighbours, nephews, sisters, aunts

All discussed in the round during

This bumpy, fume driven high tea

Complete with silvered sugar cubes