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Cement Birds On the Birdbath

By Duane Ackerson / October 18, 1996

They cannot fly south for the winter.

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Instead, they must stand here frozen

through every weather report,

not needing to worry

about nesting in the cat's mouth

or consider plans he may be hatching.

Maybe the rain

for a comfort

will smooth their feathers enough.

Perhaps, someday,

catching their reflections

dancing among live sparrows,

they will not even dream of flight.