Backyard Physics

A poem.

Backyard Physics

In a burst
of aerial artistry
a fat-tailed squirrel  
seizes the rim  
of the birdfeeder  

hurls himself  
around in the air  
body stretched taut  
as he turns in the gyre  
of his own momentum  

centrifugal force  
dislodging the seed  
now spewing  
furiously  
in all directions

manna milled
in the whirlwind  
of his wheeling.