October 18, 2021

Bird at Window

by Stan Rubin

I will wait all morning 
until the magpie 
finally breaks through the glass
on its twenty-fifth try
or twenty-eighth, who knows
how many there’ve been,
bird attacking glass
again and again
just because he sees
his own reflection
and mistakes it for a mate.
But he’s magnificent
in the persistence of his illusion.
Fucking bird.

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